Absentee ballots available for Lawrence County, Mt. Vernon

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Last day for voting absentee is Nov. 1

Absentee ballots for the November Special Election will be available on Sept. 21, and the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 2 Special Election is Oct. 6.

On the ballot is a question for Lawrence County voters regarding imposition of a countywide 3/8-percent sales tax to provide funding for public safety, including to support construction and operations of the Jail and Sheriff's Department. The measure also stipulates that one-eighth of the one percent tax would sunset and expire when the final payment occurs on the lease certificates.

The second measure on the ballot, Proposition P, asks Mt. Vernon residents to approve a 1/2-percent sales tax for the purpose of providing funding for local parks, including paying costs of renovating and improving the city's swimming pool.

Missouri law requires that requests for absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday prior to Election Day, Oct. 20, if the ballot is to be mailed. Applicants must furnish their name, physical address, date of birth, last four digits of their Social Security Number, reason for voting absentee and their signature.

Requests for applications may be made by guardians or relatives within the second degree by consanguinity must be made in person at the County Clerk’s office.

The Courthouse office of the County Clerk will be open for absentee voting from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 30.

The deadline for absentee voting in person in the office of the Election Authority is 5 p.m. on the day before the election, Nov. 1.

An absentee request form and sample ballots may be found at www.lawrencecountymo.org/elections.

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