Election Day – Tuesday November 8, 2016

electionsmediumElection Day 2016 will be here befofre you know it – and for some, that day won’t come soon enough. This has beena contententious election year from national to state to local races – but all of it will come down to your vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Because the general election must be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, the campaign period stretched on for an extra week since the first Monday in November didn’t occur until November 7.

MA4 and the Area Agencies on Aging encourage all poeple to vote on November 8 – or cast an absentee ballot before the deadline in the event you will not be able to get to the polls that day.

How do I vote absentee?

Registered Missourians who expected to be prevented from going to their polling place on Election Day may vote absentee beginning six weeks prior to an election. To receive an absentee ballot, eligible voters must complete an absentee ballot application and return it by mail or fax to their local election authority no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 2. Additionally, guardians or relatives within the second degree can complete an application in person on behalf of the voter who wishes to vote absentee. Voters may vote absentee in the office of their election authority until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 7. Absentee voters must provide one of the following reasons for voting absentee:

  1. Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which the voter is registered to vote
  2. Incapacity of confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability
  3. Religious belief or practice
  4. Employment as an election authority, as a member of an election authority or by an election authority at a location other than such voter’s polling place
  5. Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained
  6. Certified participation in the Safe at Home address confidentiality program because of safety concerns

How do I know where to vote?

You may have voted at the same location for years, but be sure to check your polling place hasn’t changed for this election. To find the address of your polling place, go to www.GoVoteMissouri.com and click on “Where do I vote?”

What should I bring to the polls?

Missouri voters need to present one form of personal identification as required by state law. Identification requirements have not changed from previous elections. You need to take ONE of several options for acceptable ID, including: a voter ID card, driver’s license, a Missouri student ID, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document with your name and address on it. For a complete list of acceptable voter identification and examples, visit www.GoVoteMissouri.com and click “What do I bring to the polls?”

When does my polling place open?

Polling places statewide open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. Voters in line by 7 p.m. are entitled to cast a ballot, but individuals arriving after polling places close will not be allowed to vote.

What will be on the ballot on Election Day?

Missouri voters now have the option to view their sample ballot online by visiting Missouri’s Voter Outreach Center. You can view a sample ballot at the polling place or office of your local election authority. Sample ballots are also printed twice prior to each election in newspapers of general circulation. Some election jurisdictions may also mail sample ballots to registered voters in that jurisdiction.

I need help when I vote, what are my options?

There are several options available to voters who need assistance. Each polling place must have accessible voting systems for voters with disabilities including audiovisual accessibility. Additionally, voters with a permanent physical disability may request to be placed on a designated list so the local election authority automatically mails an absentee ballot application to the voter prior to each election. If a voter cannot read or write, or has a physical disability and cannot vote a ballot, the voter may bring a person to help them. A bipartisan team of poll workers can also assist upon request. Contact your local election authority for more information.

Where can I find election results?

To view unofficial election results after the polls close on Election Day, visit http://enr.sos.mo.gov.

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