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Clerk’s office seeks out absentee voters

March 31, 2010

The Pettis County Clerk’s office will field teams Thursday and Friday to help homebound voters cast absentee ballots for Tuesday’s municipal election.



Terrie Close, the county’s election clerk, said a pair of two-person teams, one Democrat and one Republican, will be making stops at Pettis County nursing homes and to the homes of “shut-ins, the homebound, the elderly or others where going to the polls would be an undue burden.”



Teams collect completed ballots which are returned and secured in the clerk’s office until polls open on election night when they are fed through the courthouse voting machine along with out-of-town and mailed absentee ballots.



Close assured voters that ballots are safe when being transported by team members, who are selected from lists compiled by county Republican and Democratic.



“We have excellent volunteers and they have my complete confidence,” Close said.



Voters may cast absentee ballots if they have a valid excuse for missing the election and may vote at the courthouse Thursday, Friday and Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clerk’s office also will be open for absentee voting on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Absentee voters need their Voter Identification Card and a photo ID with their current address. If ID cards do not have the voter’s current address, they also may bring a document, such as a water bill or other mail, that includes the voter’s name and address.



Close said the clerk’s office will typically process between 350 and 400 absentee ballots in an off-year municipal election. The office received some 2,000 absentee ballots in the 2008 presidential election.



All school districts that serve Pettis County have ballot issues or board elections, except for the Pettis County portion of Sweet Springs School District. Voters in the district’s Blackwater Township will still have an opportunity to vote on the proposed renewal of the half-cent county road improvement sales tax, Close said.



Close advised voters who normally vote at Cornerstone Baptist Church on state Route Y that their polling place has moved to the Sedalia Country Club for this election only to accommodate construction at the church.



Voters who have questions about scheduling a homebound voter team, casting an absentee ballot or the location of polling places may call the clerk’s office at 826-5000 ext. 918.



The county-wide municipal election will be Tuesday. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.