Sherry Parks, Livingston County clerk and election authority, is in the process of canvassing the voter registration records in Livingston County.
Sherry Parks, Livingston County clerk and election authority, is in the process of canvassing the voter registration records in Livingston County. Federal and state laws mandate that the canvass be conducted every two years. Registered voters whose addresses are current on the voter registration records in the county clerk’s office should expect to receive a new voter registration card within the next few weeks. Registered voters who have made an address change with the U.S. Postal Service in the past two years but have not updated their voter registration records should have received an Address Confirmation Notice recently. The voter needs to complete the notice and return it to the county clerk’s office in the courthouse. Once these notices are received in the county clerk’s office, a new voter registration card will be issued. If the notice is not received, the voter’s eligibility to vote may be jeopardized if they are deemed an inactive voter. Federal and state laws require the county clerk/election authority to delete any voter who has maintained an inactive status through two federal election cycles. If a registered voter has not shown an acceptable form of identification to qualified election personnel, such as a member of the county clerk’s staff or an election poll worker, and they have not moved, they will receive a letter stating that they are eligible to vote. They will not have a voter registration card. Missouri’s new photo voter ID law went into effect June 1, 2017. Although all properly registered voters will be mailed new voter registration cards, the card can no longer serve as their identification. Voters must have a photo ID in order to vote. A few forms of identifications that qualify are Missouri Driver’s License, Nondriver License, U.S. Passport, or Military ID. If the voter does not have a photo ID but they have another qualified form of identification, and it is determined that they are in fact registered to vote, they will be allowed to vote if they sign a statement confirming their identity. If the voter has no form of identification, they will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. Voters who do not have a photo ID may be able to obtain one by contacting the Secretary of State’s office online at https://www.sos.mo.gov/showit2vote or they may call 573-751-4936. If a Livingston County resident fails to receive a voter registration card and they believe they should have, they may call the County Clerk’s office to discuss the situation. The first election in 2018 is the Municipal Election which will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Individuals must be registered to vote by March 7, 2018 at 5 p.m. Followed by the Primary Election which will be Tuesday, August 7th, 2018, and the General Election, which will be Tuesday, November 6th, 2018. Polls for each election are open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Individuals who are unable to vote at the polls may contact Sherry Parks, county clerk, to make arrangements to vote absentee. Absentee ballots are available six weeks prior to each election. The county clerk’s office is located on the second floor of the courthouse and the telephone number is 660-646-8000 ext. 3.