If you intend to vote absentee on Nov. 4, you must get your application for an absentee ballot turned in by 5 p.m. today.

Voters take heed, today is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the general election Nov. 4.

Voters can beat the deadline by using easy-to-complete official forms available for free through www.StateDemocracy.org.

You can also get an absentee ballot application at the Jackson County Election Board’s Web site, or in person at the election board, 215 N. Liberty St., Independence.

Requests for an absentee ballot must be at the election board office by 5 p.m. today in order for the board to mail out the ballot. 

After submitting the application to their election board, voters will then receive the actual absentee ballot, with sufficient time to return the ballot prior to the final deadline, which is Election Day in Missouri.

With an unprecedented surge in voter registration this year, more citizens plan to vote by absentee ballots to avoid long lines at the polls.

In Missouri, a voter may vote in absenteeism if they are:

Absent on election day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which they are registered to vote. Confined 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. Prohibited because of religious belief or practice. Employed as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than your polling place. Incarcerated, provided all qualifications for voting are retained.