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Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 10

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

In Missouri, the deadline to register to vote is Wednesday, Oct. 10.

To download a voter registration application, check the current status of your registration or obtain more information, visit

Qualified Missouri-ans may register to vote in person at the Pike County clerk’s office, as well as any Department of Motor Vehicles office or state agency that provides services to the public.

Qualified Missouri voters must be 18 years old by Election Day, a U.S. citizen and a Missouri resident.

Absentee voting 

Absentee voting for the Nov. 6 general election began on Sept. 25 for those who are not able to go to their polling places on Election Day.

Many states turned to early voting in response to the problems in the 2000 election.  They feel there are several benefits to early voting.  Those who normally do not go to the polls to vote may be willing to exercise their right to vote since early voting can fit their schedule.  It also helps parents with children or those who work a chance to vote without time constraints.

In Missouri, people can vote early with an absentee ballot but with a required excuse.  Those excuses include:

•Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote;

•Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability;

•Religious belief or practice;

•Employment as an election authority, as a member of the election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than such voter’s polling place.

Citizens can request an absentee ballot by contacting the Pike  County clerk’s office.  If you are unable to do this yourself, a spouse, parent or child can complete the application for a ballot on your behalf.  People have until 5 p.m. on Oct. 31 to request an absentee ballot for the upcoming election.  It must be returned by 5 p.m. on November 5.