Most frequently asked questions about voting, office hours extended

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

Crystal Hall, Lincoln County Election Authority provided the following general questions concerning voting in the upcoming Nov. 6, 2012 general election

Question #1: If I vote absentee, will my ballot get counted, or will it only count if a race is close?

Answer #1: All of the absentees are processed on the day of election by a bipartisan team of election judges.

Question#2: If I do not want to vote for a particular office or question, can I leave it blank?

Answer #2: Yes, the ballot scanner will count the blank office as an under vote and it will still count all of the races or questions that you did mark.

Question #3: Can I vote a “straight party ballot” or a “straight party ticket”?

Answer #3: No.  The “straight party ticket” option was repealed in SB 1014 during the Ninety-third General Assembly, Second Regular Session, 2006. To vote for any candidate, you must mark the oval next to that candidates’ name.

Question #4: I am not sure which legislative district I am in. Which candidates for state representative do I vote for?

Answer #4: You can go to www.sos.mo.gov, click on the “Election” tab, then click on the “Vote Missouri” tab. This website allows you to search your name and will show you a sample ballot for the district you are in. If you do not have internet access, you can call the voter registration office at 462-8090.

Question #5: I am not sure which commission district I am in. Which candidates for associate commissioner do I vote for?

Answer #5: If you vote in the Moscow Mills Rural, Moscow Mills City, Troy City, Ward 1, 2, or 3, Troy Rural, Hawk Point, or Zoar Precincts, you are in Commission District #2.  The rest of the county is Commission District #1.

Whether you vote absentee or on election day at your assigned polling place, your ballot does have offices and issues on both sides, do not forget to turn your ballot over. The federal, state, and local offices all appear on the front of the ballot. The Judicial Ballot is on the back side, along with the proposed Constitutional Amendment, Statutory Measures, and one Local Proposition.

Voters are reminded that they can go to the website, www.lcclerk.com and click on the “ELECTIONS” tab to view a sample ballot for the November 6, 2012, General Election. Sample ballots are also available for pick up in the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office, Room 104, Lincoln County Courthouse.  The phone number for the voter registration office is (636) 462-8090 for any questions regarding voter registration or elections in Lincoln County.

CLERK’S OFFICE OPEN FOR

ABSENTEE VOTING

As the November 6, General Election grows near, the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office has been busy updating voter registration records, conducting absentee voting, and answering election questions.  The deadline for new voter registrations was October 10, however, registered voters who have moved within Lincoln County may update the address on their voter registration up to and including election day.  Registered voters are encouraged to update their address prior to election day to avoid delays at the polls.  You must make address changes in person or in writing, and the written notification must be signed.  The back of your voter ID card has a form on it that you can use for this purpose, fill it out, sign it, and mail the card to:

Crystal M. Hall, Lincoln County Clerk, 201 Main St., Troy, MO 63379

The absentee voting period began on Sept. 25 and will continue until 4:30 pm on Monday, Nov. 5.  The voter registration office is in Room 104 of the Lincoln County Courthouse.  Registered voters who will be unable to vote at their polling place on the day of election may vote in the office Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm, and on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 3, between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon.  You may also fill out the absentee request form from the lcclerk.com web site, sign it and fax it to 528-5528.  The last day that an absentee ballot may be mailed to a voter is Wednesday, Oct. 31. Absentee voting period ends at 4:30 pm, Monday, November 5. Absentee ballots must be received in the office of The County Clerk by the close of polls (7 pm) on election day.

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