In Camden County, the clerk’s office reports absentee balloting is slow. In 2012, a total of 698 absentee ballots were cast in the primary election. So far, only 243 have been received by the clerk’s office.

With less than a month to go before the August Primary Election, county clerks around the lake area are reporting fewer absentee ballots than anticipated. 

In Camden County, the clerk’s office reports absentee balloting is slow. In 2012, a total of 698 absentee ballots were cast in the primary election. So far, only 243 have been received by the clerk’s office. 

Absentee ballots are cast by voters who will not be able to visit the polls on Aug. 2,. Absentee ballots must be cast in the county where a voter is registered. 

Although there has been no official predictions for voter turnout, in the 2012 primary election, 34 percent of the registered voters cast a ballot. 

Camden County has a total of 31, 292 registered voters on the books with 28,459 classified as active. Morgan County currently has 12.174 registered voters. Morgan County is also reporting fewer absentee ballots than expected. 

Absentee ballots can be cast up until the Monday prior to the Tuesday, Aug. 2 election. County clerks offices will be open until noon to assist voters with absentee balloting and to answer questions about voting procedures on July 30, prior to the Aug. 2 primary. 

FAQ about absentee ballots:

• Who can request absentee ballots?

Qualified voters may request absentee ballots if any of the following conditions prevent them from going to the polls in person on election day: 1) absence from the jurisdiction on election day; 2) incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including primary caregivers for persons who are confined due to illness or physical disability; 3) religious belief or practice; 4) employment as an election authority; and 5) incarceration, provided voting rights are retained. Others who may vote absentee include persons in federal service, even if they aren’t registered.

The voter can request an absentee ballot in the office of the election authority, by mail or by fax if the election authority has the telecommunications capacity to do so. A relative of the voter within the second degree may request an absentee ballot for a voter, but they must do so in the office of the election authority.

•If a person registers to vote by mail can they vote the first time by absentee ballot?

Yes. State law provides that the person must provide a copy of identification as required by state law unless they are exempt from obtaining a notary seal or signature.

Who must have their absentee ballot notarized?

All absentee ballots must be notarized with the exception of the following: Missouri residents outside the U.S. including military on active duty and their immediate family members, permanently disabled voters and those voting absentee due to illness or physical disability and a caregiver as defined in state law.

•Who can return an absentee ballot?

The voter may return the ballot to the election authority in person, or the ballot may be returned by a close  relative of the voter as identified in state statute. 

•What is a permanent absentee request form?

This form is only for those voters who are physically unable to go to the polls to vote.

Voting questions:

Camden County Clerk

Rowland Todd
1 Court Circle
Camdenton, MO 65020
573-346-4440

www.camdenmo.org 

Morgan County Clerk 

Cathy Daniels 

100 E. Newton 

Versailles MO 65084 

573-378-5436

www.morgan-county.org

Miller County Clerk 

Clinton Jenkins

P.O. Box 12

Tuscumbia, MO 65082

573-369-1910

www.millercounty.org