With the Pettis County municipal election a little less than a month away, citizens have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to register to vote.
Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada said voter registration and absentee voting has been slow so far for the April 4 election. He said his election team has been visiting area nursing homes to assist with voter registration and absentee voting.
“We want to get people participating in this process,” La Strada said. “This is just as important an election as any.”
La Strada said he encourages citizens to visit pettiscomo.com to check if they are registered to vote and that their information is updated. Citizens can also call La Strada’s office to check that information.
“I highly encourage they get online to check it. Most people think they’re registered, but they could’ve had a last name change or address change,” he said.
Citizens who will be unable to visit their polling location April 4 can participate in absentee voting by requesting a mailed ballot by March 29 or by visiting La Strada’s office on the second floor of the Pettis County Courthouse.
La Strada’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it will be open specifically for absentee voting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1.
Voters who vote absentee at the courthouse or in person at their polling location on Election Day should bring their voter registration card and a photo ID.
Candidate filing for the April municipal election closed Jan. 17 and there are plenty of contested races in nine different entities, as well as a ballot question regarding a bond for State Fair Community College and another for the City of Smithton.
Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day. Voters can find their polling location, check to see if they are registered, request a mailed absentee ballot and view a sample ballot at pettiscomo.com.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or on Twitter @NicoleRCooke.