It is now six weeks until the Aug. 4 special election with just two ballot questions, and absentee voting began Tuesday.
The August election will pertain only to voters who live in Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the City of Sedalia, as the two ballot questions pertain to a city use tax. Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada encouraged citizens to check their voter registrations cards to determine if they are eligible to vote in the election.
While it is a small election, La Strada said it’s still just as important to get out and vote.
“People need to really be engaged in the process because small elections are just as important as big elections,” he said. “These are issues that affect us on a local level and issues that are ongoing with us. We want to make sure people get out there and get educated.”
The last day to register to vote in the August election is July 8, and the last day to request a mailed ballot is July 29. Voters can also request a visit from the Absentee Voting Team, who will deliver a ballot to someone’s residence if they feel they are unable to make it to a polling location. La Strada said the team will visit local nursing homes July 7, 14 and 15.
“If someone has a ballot mailed to them, they have all the way up to 7 p.m. Election Day to bring ballots to the clerk’s office,” La Strada said. “… We always try to stress the fact that absentee voting is available if you can’t make it to your polling location or you’ll be absent on Election Day.
“We really try to pressure absentee voting for the fact we want to make sure everyone is aware of it — you don’t have to wait (to vote). If you feel you’ll be out of town or on a trip, you can vote at the clerk’s office or they can have one mailed to them or have a team come to them. Bottom line, there’s no excuse (to not vote).”
A sample ballot can be viewed at www.pettiscomo.com by clicking on the “Clerk/Election Authority” tab, and voters can check where they are registered.
The clerk’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for absentee voting. On Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the clerk’s office will be open for absentee voting to help accommodate those citizens who work during the week.
For more information, contact the clerk’s office at 660-826-5000 ext. 918 or call La Strada’s cell phone at 660-281-7767.