Voters hoping to turn in an absentee ballot by mail need to have their applications turned in by the end of business on Wednesday. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Carroll County Clerk Peggy McGaugh:
Those hoping to mail in their vote can have someone go to the courthouse for them and fill out an application. They also have the option of getting an application from www.govotemissouri.com and faxing it in. Email is not an acceptable way to sent in the information. The fax number for the Carroll County Clerk’s office is (660) 542-0621.
Press Release from the Carroll Count Clerk’s Office
While most of the attention will be focused on the race for the White House and control of Congress, we here in Missouri and Carroll County have a full plate of candidates and issues to decide on Tuesday, November 6th. “As this major event is quickly approaching, I wanted to take this time to remind voters what to expect on Election Day here in Carroll County” stated Election Authority Peggy McGaugh.
TWO SIDED BALLOT
The November official ballot contains numerous issues requiring voting on both sides of the three column ballot. At the top of the ticket are the candidates for President and Vice-President followed by nine Federal and State candidate races including U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative in Congress, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, State Senator of the 21st District and State Representative of the 39th District. Eight county positions are on the November ballot as well. Of those County elected positions, only one garnered a race after the Primary; that being for County Commission District #1 between Democrat incumbent Jim Stewart and his Republican opponent Bill Boelsen. District #1 encompasses Carrollton, Trotter, Prairie, Fairfield and Washington Townships. Ballot Type No. 2 coincides with County Commission District #2 Commissioner where incumbent David Martin is unopposed. On the back side of the ballot there will be one county candidate, Surveyor Marcus Magee whom is also running unopposed. Constitution Amendment No. 3 follows the candidates. This proposal would change the way supreme court and court of appeals judges are selected; Three statutory measures; Proposition A which is regarding transferring the St. Louis City’s police force Board of Commissioners from an appointment by the Governor to establishing their own municipal police force; Proposition B which creates a Health and Education Trust Fund with proceeds of a tax on cigarette and tobacco products to be used to reduce and prevent tobacco use and for elementary, secondary, college, and university public school funding. Proposition E would amend Missouri Law to be amended to prohibit the Governor or any state agency from establishing or operating state based Health Insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature. The bottom of page two contains the judicial retention issue with one Missouri Supreme Court Judge and three Western District of Missouri Court of Appeals judges.
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING AND IMPORTANCE OF BRINGING ID TO THE POLLS
There has been a great deal of media attention regarding there being a requirement of voters having “Photo” I.D. in order to vote. While that may be a requirement in some states, in Missouri proof of Identification IS required to vote, however a photo i.d. is NOT required. The following are the acceptable forms of identification and at least one form shall be presented to the election judges at the precinct prior to receiving one’s ballot:
• Identification issued by the State of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority;
• Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof;
• Identification issued by an institution of higher education including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the State of Missouri;
• A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter;
• Driver’s license or state identification card issued by another state.
If one of these personal Identification documents are forgotten on Election Day, an affidavit that attests personal knowledge of the voter by two Supervisory Election Judges; one from each political party; may be offered after determining that the voter is in the correct precinct. “Your wait time on election day will be significantly smaller if you remember to bring I.D.” stated election authority, Peggy McGaugh.
ADDRESS OR NAME CHANGES AND PROVISIONAL BALLOTS
Again, voters who have changed their name or address, through botht marriage and divorce should make sure that their information has been updated in the Elections office prior to going to the polls on Election Day. If a voter’s eligibility at a precinct cannot be determined after examination of the poll book and information from the County Clerk’s office is inconclusive, a person will have the option to vote a Provisional ballot which will be counted only if eligibility is determined later. Additional paperwork that the Election Judges are required to do before issuing a ballot slows down the entire process.” The best suggestion I can make is to make sure your County issued identification card has been updated to your current name and address and remember to bring it to the Polls on Election Day.” If you have gone to the trouble to come to the polls, we certainly do not want to take the chance that your ballot may not be counted”
STRAIGHT PARTY VOTING
In 2006 the State Legislature passed a law eliminating the option of voting a straight party vote. This year the 2012 Legislature with HB 1306 repealed the provision that requires a political party’s emblem to be printed on an election ballot above the party caption. The abbreviation of the party that the candidate represents is listed beside their name. “You will no longer find the “pictures” that are commonly known to represent the parties nor the “columns” that allowed one mark for all candidates in one party. Each race and/or title of office is clearly separated with bold black lines and needs to marked as instructed. Leaving a race unmarked does not void the entire ballot. The order and placement of the names on the General Election ballot are determined by the political party of the current sitting Missouri State Governor” stated Election Authority Peggy McGaugh.
ELECTIONEERING AT THE POLLS
Missouri law prohibits electioneering, distributing election literature, exit polling, surveying, sampling or posting signs with respect to any candidate or question to be voted on at an election on Election Day inside the building in which a polling place is located or within 25 feet of the building’s outer door. No candidate or issue materials are allowed to be brought in to the polling place, which includes the Courthouse during the time Absentee voting is ongoing. Person’s are not allowed to display buttons, clothing , caps in support or opposition of a candidate or issue while in a polling place, so therefore person’s should plan on removing said articles prior to arrival to vote.
NON-PARTISAN JUDGES SEEKING RETENTION
Judges who serve under the Non-Partisan Court Plan do not run against challengers. You are asked to vote for or against them based on the strength of their performance on the bench, not party affiliation. Because these judges do not run against an opponent, they are prohibited by the Code of Judicial Conduct from campaigning for retention. Seven judicial performance evaluation committees have undertaken an evaluation of each non-partisan judge appearing on the November ballot. The full recommendations of these committees can be found on The Missouri Bar’s website at http://showmecourts.themissouriplan.com/ . A pamphlet called “Judging the Judges” is also available in the Circuit Clerk’s office.
Person’s unable to vote at their regular polling place on Election Day are eligible for Absentee voting if they qualify for one of these reasons:
• Absence on election day from the jurisdiction;
• Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability;
• Religious belief or practice;
• Employment as an election authority or by an election authority at a location other than my polling place;
• Incarceration when all necessary qualifications are retained.
The office of County Clerk is NOT allowed by law to take requests for Absentee ballots over the phone. Requests must be made in writing either in person in the County Clerk’s office or with a signed letter or application received by mail. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail is Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Absentee voting is ongoing until Monday, November 5th at 5:00 p.m. Additional hours for Absentee voting will be Saturday, November 3rd from 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
Questions regarding the November 6th, 2012 General Election can be answered by calling County Clerk Peggy McGaugh in the Elections office at 660-542-0615.