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Examiner
  • Wednesday is deadline to register to vote

  • People only have a few more days to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election.


    Wednesday is the deadline to register for the election, which along with a variety of local and state races includes the presidential election between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.

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  • People only have a few more days to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election.
    Wednesday is the deadline to register for the election, which along with a variety of local and state races includes the presidential election between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.
    Individuals who live in Jackson County, but outside of the city of Kansas City, can register in person at any authorized location. These locations include any city hall, Mid-Continent Public Library Branch or license bureau office; the Jackson County Election Board Office; the Independence or Jackson County health departments; MCC-Blue River; Trails West Library, Sugar Creek Library or the Missouri Division of Employment Security.
    Residents must complete a Missouri Voter Registration Application; be 17 and a half years at time of registration (18 years to vote); be a U.S. Citizen; be a resident of Jackson County and if there is a felony conviction, the individual must be off parole or probation. Individuals must also show a form of current identification, which can include a birth certification, driver’s license, Missouri ID, proof of U.S. citizenship or Native American tribal document.
    Bob Nichols, co-director of the Jackson County Election Board, said one of the most important things to remember is that if someone has moved to or from the city of Kansas City or has moved from a different county, they must reregister by the registration date.
    For those who move within the same jurisdiction, such as from Independence to Blue Springs, individuals must only complete a name and address change form.
    “That is one of our major problems on election day,” Nichols said. “People find out too late and then cannot vote.”
    For those filing absentee ballots, there are two options.
    Individuals can mail in an absentee request, which must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Individuals can also complete absentee voting in person by visiting the office at 208 N. Liberty, across the street from the main election board office. Voting hours are from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 5. The office is also open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday beginning Oct. 13 and ending Nov. 3. Be  sure to bring proper ID.
    Nichols said absentee voters do not need to go to the main office to vote, unless they have changed addresses.
    “The new location has been working out really great,” he said. “We rented the building just for this year because we knew we had a big election season.”
    For more information about voting or the Nov. 6 election, visit the Jackson County Election Board website at www.jcebmo.org.
     
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