The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 2, 2012

Voter registration deadline approaching

By Susan Redden

— There is a week left for Missouri residents who are not registered and want to vote in the presidential election.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, is the last day to register to vote on Nov. 6, County Clerks Bonnie Earl, of Jasper County, and Kay Baum, of Newton County, said Tuesday.

In Jasper County, residents may register at the elections office at the county courthouse in Carthage, or at the county clerk’s office in the courts building at Sixth Street and Pearl Avenue in Joplin. In Newton County, the location is the county clerk’s office at the courthouse in Neosho.

The offices also are adding residents to the voter rolls who have signed up as a result of registration efforts held by local organizations, both clerks said.

“We have two workers who are spending all their time entering voter registrations right now,” Earl said. “Part of that is people who are changing their addresses because of the Joplin tornado.”

Residents can check their registration by contacting the clerk’s office in either county, or they can get that information, and more, on the secretary of state’s website.

The website has voter registration information plus addresses for polling places. Voters who are registered and log in also can review election ballots for Jasper and Newton counties, which are posted on the state’s website. The information is available at There also is a link to the page from the Facebook page maintained by the Jasper County clerk and elections office.

Absentee ballots

ABSENTEE BALLOTS are available for those who will not be able to go to the polls on Election Day. Those who want to vote absentee may do so at the Jasper County clerk’s offices in Joplin and Carthage, and at the Newton County clerk’s office in Neosho. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.