Darryl Kempf, Cooper County Clerk and Election Authority, wanted to take this time to remind the voters what to expect when going to the polls with the General Election quickly approaching on November 6th.
The official ballot contains numerous issues requiring voting on both sides of the three column ballot. At the top of the ticket are the candidates for President and Vice-President followed with fifteen other candidate races including the local Cooper County candidates. On the back side of the ballot there is one constitutional amendment, one statutory measure, two propositions and the judicial retention issue with one Missouri Supreme Court Judge and three Western District of Missouri Court of Appeals judges. Voters in the City of Boonville have a sales tax question.
Kempf said there has been a great deal of media attention regarding there being a requirement of a voter having a “Photo” ID in order to vote. He said while that may be a requirement in some states, in Missouri an ID IS required to vote, however a photo ID is NOT required.
In 2006 the State Legislature passed a law eliminating the option of voting a straight party vote.  This year the 2012 Legislature with HB 1306 the provision that requires a political party’s emblem to be printed on an election ballot above the party caption. The abbreviation of the party that the candidate represents is listed beside their name.
Missouri law prohibits electioneering, distributing election literature, exit polling, surveying, sampling or posting signs with respect to any candidate or question to be voted on at an election on Election Day inside the building in which a polling place is located or within 25 feet of the building’s outer door.  No candidate or issue materials are allowed to be brought in to the polling place, which includes the Courthouse during the time Absentee voting is ongoing.  Person’s are not allowed to display buttons, clothing , caps etcetera in support or opposition of a candidate or issue while in a polling place, so therefore person’s should plan on removing said articles prior to arrival to vote.
Voters who have changed their name or address since the last time they voted should make sure that their information has been updated in the Elections office prior to going to the polls on Election Day. If a voter’s eligibility at a precinct cannot be determined after examination of the poll book and information from the County Clerk’s office is inconclusive, a person will have the option to vote a Provisional ballot which will be counted if eligibility is determined later.
Non-Partisan Judges Seeking
Judges who serve under the Non-Partisan Court Plan do not run against challengers.  You are asked to vote for or against them based on the strength of their performance on the bench, not party affiliation.  Because these judges do not run against an opponent, they are prohibited by the Code of Judicial Conduct from campaigning for retention.  Seven judicial performance evaluation committees have undertaken an evaluation of each non-partisan judge appearing on the November ballot.  The full recommendations of these committees can be found on The Missouri Bar’s website at http://showmecourts.themissouriplan.com/ . A pamphlet called “Judging the Judges” is also available in the Circuit Clerk’s office.
Absentee voting
Person’s unable to vote at their regular polling place on Election Day are eligible for Absentee voting if they qualify for one of these reasons:
• Absence on election day from the jurisdiction;
• Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability;
• Religious belief or practice;
• Employment as an election authority or by an election authority at a location other than my polling place;
• Incarceration when all necessary qualifications are retained.
The office of County Clerk is NOT allowed by law to take requests for Absentee ballots over the phone. Requests must be made in writing, either in person in the County Clerk’s office or by mail.
Absentee voting is ongoing until Monday, November 5th at 5:00 p.m.  Additional hours for voting will be Saturday, November 3rd from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Questions regarding the November 6th, 2012 General Election can be answered by calling (660) 882-2114.