In News for the public from Henry County : As the General Election rapidly approaches, questions linger about the best, safest and most effective way to vote on November 3. Absentee voting is now open for eligible voters at the Henry County Clerk’s office (1st Floor of the Courthouse).
In Missouri, mail-in ballots and some absentee ballots must be notarized. In October, The Democrat Club will host 2 Free Saturday Drive-up Notary Events for all voters who have received their mail-in ballot or an absentee ballot that requires a notarized signature.
The deadline to register to vote – on-line or in-person – is Wednesday, October 7, 2020. County residents can register to vote at the Henry County Clerk’s office (Courthouse – First Floor) during regular office hours. Registering on-line requires access to a (computer) tablet, mobile device, or other touchscreen device to electronically sign the registration form. “Mail-In Ballots” can only be mailed to the local election authority (County Clerk) and must be received by 7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Votes that are not received by that time will not be counted. The Free Mail-in Ballot Notary Events will be on the East Side of the Clinton Square outside the Switzer Law Office (136 S. Main, Clinton) Saturday, October 3 and 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Voters can choose to bring their mail-in ballot into the law office to be notarized but will also be greeted outside and can have their ballot notarized in their car.
Voters must bring state or federally-issued legal photo identification (such as a driver’s license or identification card). Face coverings are requested to ensure safety for the voters and the notaries. After the mail-in ballot is notarized, the voter should immediately deliver the ballot to the U.S. Post Office around the corner to ensure vote safety and ensure that the ballot arrives in time to be counted. Once the vote is submitted by absentee or a mail-in ballot, it is illegal for the voter to vote again in-person at the polls. If you have any questions about the mail-in ballot process, please contact the Henry County Clerk (660) 885-7204 or the Missouri Secretary of State at (573)751-4936.