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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Clerk: Low voter turnout expected

  • The April 3 election is one week away, and the Phelps County Clerks office is ready, although low turnout is expected.



    Phelps County Clerk Carol Bennett is predicting that approximately 12 percent of Phelps County residents will cast a ballot next week, a figure she says is in line with most municipal elections.


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  • The April 3 election is one week away, and the Phelps County Clerks office is ready, although low turnout is expected.
    Phelps County Clerk Carol Bennett is predicting that approximately 12 percent of Phelps County residents will cast a ballot next week, a figure she says is in line with most municipal elections.
    "This election effects more people than any other, but the turnout just doesn't reflect that," she said, adding, "I hope they prove me wrong."
    Voters will be deciding on several positions within local government including city council members for all six wards in the City of Rolla, Rolla city attorney, Rolla municipal judge,two seats on the Phelps County Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, two positions on the Rolla R-31 School Board and two positions on the Newburg R-II School Board.
    Board of Alderman and mayoral positions are also up for election in the cities of Newburg, Doolittle and Edgar Springs.
    Newburg and Edgar Springs both have situations where a board of alderman seat is open, and no one has filed to run. In those cases, the communities will be relying on write-in votes to determine who will fill the vacancy.
    Bennett's staff will be on hand leading up to the election to help voters, including some extended hours.
    It is too late to register to vote in next week's election if you haven't done so already, but it isn't too late to fix some issues with your registration.
    Bennett says she is often asked what to do if a registered voter does not have their card.
    "If they have lost it or washed it or whatever, they can come in here and get a replacement, but they can also use their driver's license," Bennett said.
    If a voter wants a new voter registration card to have on hand at the polls Tuesday, Bennett encourages them to come to her office sooner rather than later, as the cards take about three business days to mail.
    The registration card not only identifies voters to poll workers, but also tells the voter what precinct they are in.
    Bennett said someone who does not have their card and prefers to use their driver's license may simply call her office to find out what precinct they are in.
    Another last minute registration issue Bennett says her office is prepared to accommodate are address changes.
    Voters who have recently moved need to call or stop by the county clerk's office to find out what their new precinct is, and Bennett encourages them to notify her office of the move prior to April 3.
    "If they have moved and they need to change their address, it will be advantageous for them to come in here before the election," Bennett said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Those who have contacted the clerk's office in advance will be on a list given to poll workers so they will be expected.
    Voters who do not notify the clerk's office of their move in advance will still be able to vote at the proper precinct, but may encounter a delay.
    In addition to preparing for the polls to open, Bennett's office is busy with absentee ballots.
    Absentee ballots may be cast at the county clerk's office through Monday, and staff is putting in overtime to allow for Saturday absentee ballots to be cast.
    The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
    The polls will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 3 and close at 7 p.m.

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