The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is Wednesday, Oct. 10, by 5 p.m.
People who will be 18 years of age on or before Nov. 6 must still register to vote by Oct. 10 in order to be eligible.
In addition, absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election are now available to registered Phelps County voters in the county clerk’s office.
The deadline to vote absentee in the county clerk’s office is by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.
The county clerk’s office will be open Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon for absentee balloting.
Legal reasons for voting by absentee ballot are as follows:
• Absence on election day,
• Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability,
• Religious belief or practice,
• Employment as an election authority at a location other than your polling place, or
• Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained.
In order to be counted, absentee ballots must be received in the county clerk’s office, 200 N. Main St., Rolla, no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. Ballots may only be returned by the voter in person or by mail.
In accordance with election law, no ballots may be sent out or mailed after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, unless a voter is hospitalized after that time, in which case a deputized absentee team could deliver a ballot to the hospital. Applications may be completed only by the voter or by the voter’s next of kin.
For questions about absentee ballots or voter registration, contact Phelps County Clerk Carol Bennett at 573-458-6101. Election information also is available online at phelpscounty.org.