ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Hours after the first presidential debate concluded, absentee balloting in person began in Missouri. But the time to register to vote is running out.
It's that time of year when our mailboxes are stuffed with political literature. Some folks with legal reasons to vote absentee in Missouri actually cast ballots Tuesday at St. Louis County's new absentee voting location next to the Motor Vehicle License Office at Deer Creek Plaza in Maplewood.
In order to vote absentee or in person on election day, you must be registered to vote from your home address. You can download the forms from the Missouri Secretary Of State's website or register in person at a variety of locations. Just be cautious about phone calls or mailings. Even some that are legitimate appear confusing as one county voter discovered.
"It didn't seem like a government agency. They came across from the envelope like a government agency," said registered voter Diana Beard.
Local election boards offer voter registration at libraries, many schools and city halls as well as their main officers. Look for special one day voter registration drives like this one on the Webster University Campus.
Additionally, St. Louis County has opened a temporary off in the Deer Creek Plaza shopping center to accommodate the 30,000 to 40,000 absentee ballots county residents are expected to cast for the November election. The office is located at 3232 Laclede Station Road and will be open from 9 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday through Nov. 7. The office will also accept the ballots from 9 am to 1 pm on the four Saturdays immediately preceding the Nov. 8 election, Oct. 15, 22 and 29 and Nov. 5.
The Missouri deadline to turn in voter registrations or address changes is October 12. In Illinois it is October 11. You can show up in person from October 12 to election day at your county election office to register and vote at the same time.
If you are not sure if you are registered to vote from your current address you can check it out at a website sponsored by your state's secretary of state.
In Missouri it is: http://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/VoterLookup/
In Illinois it is: https://ova.elections.il.gov/RegistrationLookup.aspx
Each state has different rules and deadlines. Contact your local election board or office for the details. Missouri's deadline is Oct. 12 for the November 8 election. The Illinois deadline for a mail in registration is Oct. 11. Illinois On line registration and in-person registration plus voting in the same day have different deadlines.