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Two months from now, the presidential election will be over. Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff is giving residents some advice on what they can do if they haven’t yet registered to vote yet. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
According to Struckhoff, October 10th is the last day to register to vote. It’s always the fourth Wednesday prior to any election.
“We also encourage people who have moved, we encourage them to get those changes to us. That also requires a signed statement from the voter. They can either use their voter ID card, the back of that fill in the new address, sign it and send it back to us, or they can stop at any library, school…all these places are registration sights, or come to our office.”
He says if people are from out of town and not registered at their new address, like many college students, they have the option of getting a new registration in Greene County, or maintaining their old registration back home and voting absentee.
Struckoff says some people aren’t able to go to the polls on election Tuesday. He says they shouldn't worry, because they still have options.
“Absentee voting will begin for the voters next Tuesday, Sept 25, and will run through the day before the election. If you’re incapable of coming to our office to vote absentee, you can send in a request that a ballot be mailed to you. Just be sure to put your address to which the ballot will be sent, and make sure you sign your request and state your reason for voting absentee.”
Legal proceedings over the wording on several ballot measures delayed printing the actual ballots this year, but Struckhoff says his office has now printed the ballots based on a court ruling.
He does say it's been a bit stressful to have to wait to print the ballots this late in the election season because of legal challenges to the way the ballot measures were originally worded by the Secretary of State's office. Struckhoff says if he were in charge, he'd implement solid deadlines for ruling on ballot wording, and for printing ballots.
For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.