Spring election nearing, voter information released
The deadline to register to vote in the April 2, 2013 General Municipal Election was March 6, 2013. Crystal Hall, Lincoln County Clerk/Election Authority ask all to remind family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers that have moved within Lincoln County to notify her office (the County Clerk’s Office) of their new address. This must be done in writing or in person up to and including Election Day however, resolving registration and eligibility questions prior to Election Day is the best way to avoid delays to voters at the polls.
Absentee ballots have been available in the County Clerk’s Office since Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. For those confined due to illness or physical disability, including those caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability, you may request to be added to the permanent absentee list. Absentee ballots are also available for those who will be absent from the county, including college students, on Election Day. After a written request is received, a ballot may be mailed to the voter up to the Wednesday prior to the election, March 27, 2013. A ballot must be returned to the County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. The County Clerk’s Office will be open Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 8 a.m. – noon for absentee voting. Voters may also vote in the office, in person, up to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013. Voters may download an absentee request form or a permanent absentee request from the County Clerk’s web page www.lcclerk.com under the “Elections” tab.
Sample ballots will be printed in the legal papers, the Troy Free Press and the Elsberry Democrat, as required by Missouri State Statute, and in The Lincoln County Journal for two weeks prior to the election. Sample ballots may also be downloaded from the web page www.lcclerk.com under the “Elections” tab. Sample ballots are also available at the County Clerk’s Office.
ONE OF THESE
FORMS OF ID
• ID issued by the Federal Government, State of Missouri, or a local election authority;
• ID issued by a Missouri institution (public or private) of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school;
• A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter; or
• Driver’s license or state identification card issued by another state.
If you do not posses any of these forms of identification, you may still cast a ballot if two supervising election judges, one from each major political party, attest they know you.
Pursuant to Section 115.427, RSMo.
AT THE POLLS
On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, polls will open at 6 a.m., eligible voters may cast a ballot at the polling place at which you are registered until 7 p.m. Many of the polling places are handicap accessible, you may also request to vote curbside, and your ballot will be brought to your vehicle. Although any of the above forms of ID are acceptable on Election Day, having your voter ID card or your driver’s license ready when you arrive will speed the process along as these two forms of ID can be scanned using the bar code scanners on the electronic poll book to quickly locate your registration in the voter registration database.
Election results will again be posted as they become available on the web page at www.lcclerk.com under the “Elections” tab, after 7 p.m. April 2, 2013. Results will be updated and posted continuously throughout the evening, as they become available, in the upstairs courtroom at the Lincoln County Courthouse, 201 Main St., Troy.
Check the Lincoln County Clerk’s web site www.lcclerk.com under the “Elections” tab, for sample ballots as they become available, registration forms, and absentee ballot request forms. If you have questions about voter registration, absentee voting, or Election Day, contact the Lincoln County Clerk’s Voter Registration Office at (636) 462-8090 or come to the Lincoln County Courthouse, room 104.