Today is the day.
Voters across Missouri will take to the polls in the 2014 municipal election, including contested mayor races in Sedalia, La Monte, Smithton and Green Ridge, as well as a number of city council, board of aldermen and school board races.
Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada is anticipating between 15 and 17 percent turnout, noting that his office has surpassed 2010 absentee ballot returns, having received 359 ballots in 2010 and 370 as of Monday afternoon.
“I think people will be more engaged with contested alderman and council and mayor races and I think it will get people out there to vote, which is a good thing,” La Strada said.
Pettis County’s 19 polling locations will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters should make sure and bring some form of identification, such as a driver’s license, military or school ID, or a utility bill with their current address.
“In the state of Missouri voters are not required to have a picture ID, but they should make sure they have something on hand because it will make things easier when they get to their location,” he said.
La Strada stressed that there are no certified write-in candidates for any Pettis County election. Certification as a write-in candidate closes two weeks prior to the election.
“There are no eligible write ins for this election. People have the ability to do what they want with their ballot, but at the end of the day those write-in votes will not count,” he said.
Voters interested in election returns after polls have closed may visit pettiscomo.com or sedaliademocrat.com, where results will be updated as they come in through the night. La Strada also invited people to “come watch the process first hand” at the courthouse on election night.
People with questions about their voter registration, polling places or other election-related issues may call the clerk’s office at 826-5000, ext. 918, or La Strada’s cell phone at 281-7767.