In addition to selecting who will serve as President for the next four years and choosing among numerous federal and state candidates, area voters will decide contested county races on Nov. 6.
Incumbent Southern County Commissioner Wayne Hendrix, Democrat, will be challenged by Republican candidate Gary Davis, and incumbent Sheriff Mick Epperly, Republican, will face off against Randall Munday, Democrat.
County races for northern county commissioner and public administrator attracted only Republican candidates and were decided during the August primary. Gary Schad earned the commissioner seat, which will be vacated by Frank Washburn, and Pam Modlin will replace current Public Administrator Barbara White, who has announced her retirement.
Voters will also cast their ballots for District 158 representative. Scott Fitzpatrick, Republican, will face off against Sue Beck, Constitution candidate.
Barry County's 22 polling places open at 6 a.m. And close at 7 p.m. Monett voters will go for the first time to the Church of the Nazarene, located between South Highway 37 and Waldensian Road. Previously voters went to the Casino Park Casino, which is due to be replaced.
For more information on any voting issues, call Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood at 417-847-2561.
Lawrence County voters have one county-wide race, a regional commissioner's contest and two money issues on the ballot.
In the race for sheriff, Republican Brad DeLay, who overcame two challengers in the August primary, is seeking a second term. A 1989 Mt. Vernon High School graduate, DeLay has served as sheriff since 2008. He has overseen the renovation of the county jail and expansion of the use of the Internet to inform the public about department activities.
Democrat Clinton Danforth is seeking his first elected office. An Aurora resident, Danforth has held law enforcement jobs with the Marionville police, Barry County Sheriff and the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force. He has campaigned about focusing on drug trafficking and specializing territories for deputies to improve coverage.
In the race for western commissioner, Republican David Botts and Democrat William Gerald Malan are running.
Botts, a Mt. Vernon resident and long-time educator in the Mt. Vernon and Monett school districts, defeated six challengers in the August primary. He has campaigned for careful financial management and economic development.
Malan, a Pierce City resident, has worked in financial management for 22 years in Texas. A military veteran, Malan served as a bank vice president and played a major role in a $4.3 million rehabilitation of a public building into a university facility in Texas. Malan has campaigned on keeping the public better informed on financial issues and relocating the county's 911 center out of the jail.
Voters will also be asked to retain the half-cent sales tax for maintaining roads and bridges for another seven years. The tax has received voter approval five times.
Mt. Vernon voters are being asked to pass a use tax, similar to the use tax previously passed in Aurora.
Monett voters will again go to the First Presbyterian Church, located at 700 Sycamore.
For more information, call Lawrence County Clerk Gary Emerson at 417-466-2638.
Voters are reminded that election judges will be asking voters to show a form of identification, such as a driver's license or voter identification card.