As Election Day approaches, Missouri National Guard leadership are encouraging Guardsmen to become familiar with voting procedures and to vote on November 6.
By Sarah E. Lupescu
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - As Election Day approaches, Missouri National Guard leadership are encouraging Guardsmen to become familiar with voting procedures and to vote on November 6.
"In November, Missourians will go to the polls to cast their vote," said Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner, the adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard. "The outcome of these elections will influence the very essence of our state's and nation's future fabric. It is our duty to ensure all Guardsmen are informed of voting and are able to exercise their right to vote no matter how far they travel from the ballot box or polling booth back home."
Military members who are serving overseas can access required forms online, receive a ballot securely by e-mail, and track the ballot to make sure it is received at home.
Guardsmen who will be away from home for military service on voting day can register and request an absentee ballot by filling out The Federal Post Card Application available on www.fvap.gov or from a voting assistance officer. Absentee voters can vote beginning six weeks prior to the election and should submit the ballot to the appropriate local election authority.
Contact information for local election authorities and an absentee ballot application form may be found at the links below.
Request for Missouri Absentee Ballot Form: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote.aspx#Absentee
Local Election Authority Contact Information: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority.aspx
Absentee ballot applications must be received no later than October 31 at 5 p.m. Absentee ballots must be received by November 6 at 7 p.m.
For military members who will be home on Election Day, polling places are scheduled to be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information on voting, visit the Missouri Secretary of State's website: www.GoVoteMissouri.com.
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