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Dr. Shari Bax
Administration Building 214
Warrensburg, MO 64093
"The trouble...is that we have taken our democracy for granted: we have thought and acted as if our forefathers had founded it once and for all. We have forgotten that it has to be enacted anew in every generation."
-John Dewey, American philosopher and educator
Q: How can I check to see if I am registered to vote?
A week or so after you register to vote you should receive a letter from the clerk’s office which indicates that you are officially registered and identifies your polling place. You can check to see if your voter registration was received by calling your local election authority. A list of election authorities and their contact information is available on-line at www.sos.mo.gov.elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority.aspx. Each voter registration card has a serial number on it in the upper right hand corner. This number appears on both the lower portion you submitted and the upper portion of the card that you retained. This number allows the card to be tracked.
If you registered a while ago in Missouri, and just want to make sure it was received or check what address you used as your home of record when you registered, then you can search the on-line database for your registration at http://sos.mo.gov.elections/voterlookup/ When looking up your registration, you must enter your name, date of birth, and address correctly.
Q: Where do I vote?
When you register to vote, you are assigned to a polling place. This is important because the ballot issued to a voter is based upon where the voter lives so that s/he may vote for the issues and elected officials from that area. For example, a student who registers to vote in Warrensburg is entitled to not only vote on the President, but also on Missouri state officials such as Governor, and local representatives to the national and state governments such as the U.S. Representative for the 4th district and a state house and senate member. Accordingly, the student is entitled to vote on local officials such as the Johnson County Sheriff and the Warrensburg City Council. A voter can only vote in the assigned polling place because only that polling place is sure to have the appropriate ballot. Your polling place is listed on the voter card that your election authority sent to you after you registered to vote. If you cannot find the card or the listing of the polling place on your card, contact your local election authority. There is also a polling location look-up on the Secretary of State Webpage at www.sos.mo.gov.elections/pollingplacelookup/
Q: What if I cannot get to my polling place on Election Day?
If a voter is unable to be in the polling place on Election Day, s/he may request an absentee ballot and vote via absentee ballot. Voters can request absentee ballots from their local election authority in person, by fax, or by mail, but the requests must be submitted to the appropriate local election authority. Relatives in the immediate family (parents or children) may complete an absentee ballot application, in person, on behalf of the voter who wishes to vote absentee. To request an absentee ballot by mail or FAX simply use the form, which is available at the following locations:
Important things to note
Q: When do I vote?
Typically in Missouri there are multiple elections throughout the year. The next election is Tuesday November 8, 2016. Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This election includes state wide ballot issues, a U.S. House seat, several Missouri State wide offices, a representative for the Missouri House, Missouri Auditor, and several county offices. The election calendar for 2014-2015 is provided at http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/calendar/
March 15th, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary
April 5th, 2016 General Municipal Election
August 2, 2016 Primary Election
November 8, 2016 General Election
Q: How do I find out what will be on the ballot?
At least six weeks prior to the election, the Secretary of State publishes an online list of all state offices and statewide ballot measures. You can view the list for the November 4th election at http://sos.mo.gov/candidatesonweb. This site also provides a link to local information. Local election authorities are responsible for publishing local offices and ballot measures. Most of them typically have the ballot run in the local newspaper; some also maintain a website.
Q: What if I am not from Missouri?
As a student you are entitled to determine where you wish to consider your home of record. Of you prefer, you may use your school address to register, but if you prefer to consider another address your home of record and it is out of state, then you can get more information about registration and absentee balloting in that state by contacting its election authority. In most states the Secretary of State is the election authority. You can find out more by going to the state’s webpage. We will be happy to help you in the Office of Student Experience and Engagement in Administration 214. You can also contact Dr. Shari Bax, Vice Provost for Student Experience and Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.