Online tool will help prepare voters

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Area voters now have the opportunity to review the primary ballot before visiting the polls on Aug. 7. Sample Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Constitution and nonpartisan ballots are available on Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's website.

Voters interested in viewing a sample ballot online should visit the Vote Missouri box in the center column on the page. On the next page, click the Voter Information Lookup Tool link, which is highlighted in red and located in the center column under the Where do I vote? headline.

The next page that opens will require voters to provide their voting information, including: first and last name; house number and street name; and date of birth. The county in which the voter lives should be selected from the drop down menu under the word jurisdiction. After the form is complete, click lookup.

On the next page, the voter will be asked to confirm his or her address. Once the address is confirmed, a page will open that offers information on the voter's polling place and a list of links to the sample ballots.

Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood said he hopes the online tool will help voters be better prepared to cast their ballots on election day. Sample ballots can be printed and referenced at the polling place, said Youngblood.

For more information on the new online tool, call the county clerk's office at 847-2561.

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