Clerk offers absentee voting information

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Absentee voting for the Nov. 4 general election will continue through Monday, Nov. 3 at the Barry County Clerk's Office in Cassville, and for those who are unable to vote absentee in person, there is an option.

Local voters may also participate in the voting process by requesting an absentee ballot by mail if they can't make a trip to the polls or to the Courthouse. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Wednesday, Oct. 29.

An absentee ballot request is published at right for the convenience of area voters. These requests must include: date of election; name of voter; physical address; mailing address; date of birth; last four digits of Social Security number; phone number; reason for voting absentee; and signature.

"It's going to take about six to seven minutes minimum to vote this ballot," said Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood. "Anyone that has standing or walking issues should consider voting absentee. They can mark disability on their request, and it will be a lot easier for them."

Because Youngblood is expecting heavy turnout for the upcoming election, he said he is planning to implement several procedures at the county's polling places to make the process run more smoothly.

Greeters will be placed at each polling place to help direct voters through the voting process. Poll books will also be split into three or four different lists to help avoid long lines.

"We're doing all these things to help expedite the process," said Youngblood.

Voting questions can be directed to Youngblood at 847-2762. The County Clerk's Office is located on the first floor of the Barry County Courthouse in Cassville. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday, Nov. 1, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon for absentee voting.

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