Area voters who will not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day still have at least one week left to request an absentee ballot.

Area voters who will not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day still have at least one week left to request an absentee ballot. 

Kay Baum, Newton County Clerk, said absentee ballots will be mailed out through Wednesday, Oct. 31, while those casting their absentee ballots in the county clerk’s office have until 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

Absentee voting started in Missouri on Sept. 25, and Baum said since then, approximately 1,200 Newton County voters have cast or requested an absentee ballot.  
Baum said Newton County saw a similar stream of absentee voters in the 2008 presidential election.

“It’s probably just about the same,” Baum said. “We ended up with 3,500 absentees in 2008 and I’m sure we’ll see more.”

Bev Largent, McDonald County’s chief elections deputy, said since absentee voting started, McDonald County has seen approximately 400 absentee voters.

Largent said she didn’t have the exact number of absentee voters from the 2008 presidential election, but said the number this year is steady.

“For a general election, that’s way up,” Largent said.

Baum said voters have the option of voting in the county clerk’s office or requesting an absentee ballot by mail.

Those voting in person will be required to present a form of identification. According to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website, acceptable photo IDs include a state issued driver’s or non-driver’s license, a passport, a federal government issued ID or another state’s driver’s or non-driver’s license. Non-photo IDs, such as a local election authority card paired with a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter, are also accepted.

Those individuals voting by mail, who have also registered by mail, and have not voted in person, must present a copy of their personal identification unless that identification was provided with their registration application.

Baum said the Newton County Clerk’s office is now open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and remains open through the lunch hour.

Both the Newton and McDonald County Clerk’s offices will also be open from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 and until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, to allow for absentee voting.

Largent said mailed ballots will be accepted on Election Day, though absentee ballots may not be cast in the clerk’s office that day.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls open at 6 a.m. and stay open until 7 p.m.
For more information on absentee voting, contact the Newton County Clerk’s Office at 451-8221, the McDonald County Clerk’s Office, at 223-4662, or visit the Missouri Secretary of State’s webpage, at