February 15, 2011
Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada plans to make good on a campaign pledge to encourage citizen participation by sponsoring two voter registration drives next week.
La Strada and Chief Deputy Clerk Terrie Close will oversee booths at both the western and eastern entrances to Walmart from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday and Friday, Feb. 25. New voters will be able to register and existing voters will be able to complete change-of-address paperwork during the registration drives. La Strada said his office has set a goal of registering 100 new voters.
“We are trying to get as many people as possible to be engaged in the voting process,” La Strada said. “We are hoping for at least 100, but I think it is important whether we get 10 or 12 or 1,000.”
La Strada pledged to host more voter registration drives during the campaign and said he hopes the efforts will result in “some new voices being heard from.” He will oversee his first election as clerk during the April 5 municipal election.
“Throughout the campaign I talked about getting people more engaged and involved. I am hoping we can registration drives before each election,” La Strada said. “I think that is a good thing for our county and I think it helps prove to people that everybody’s vote does count.”
Absentee voting for the April 5 municipal election begins Tuesday, and the last day to register to vote in the April election is March 9.
Voters will still need to bring proper identification and all applications will be reviewed in the clerk’s office to ensure potential voters meet the necessary requirements and are eligible to register and vote in Pettis County.
New voters wishing to register must present either photo identification issued by the federal government, state of Missouri, or a local election authority; ID issued by a Missouri institution (public or private) of higher education; a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter; or a driver’s license or state identification card issued by another state.
“We will accept registration forms from everyone and then double-check them when we get back in-office to make sure they check out,” La Strada said.
For more information on registration or other election-related questions, call the Pettis County Clerk’s office at 826-5000, ext. 400.