The last day to register and be eligible to vote in the Aug. 7 primary election is Wednesday, July 11, at 5 p.m.

In order to be eligible to vote, you must:

-Be a U.S. citizen.

-Be at least 17 1/2 years old to register, and 18 years old by Election Day.

-Be a resident of Missouri.

-Not be: incarcerated, on parole, or probation due to a felony conviction OR convicted of a felony related to voting or elections.

Applications to register to vote can be found online and at the Audrain County Clerk’s office. Bring a driver’s license or other form of photo identification, such as a passport.

Absentee ballots for the Aug. 7 primary election are now available at the County Clerk’s office. If you are requesting an absentee ballot to be mailed, the request must be received by the office at 101 N. Jefferson St. by no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. A signature is required to request a ballot - therefore, ballots may not be requested by phone.

Individuals may vote absentee in the County Clerk’s office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The last day to vote by absentee ballot in person is Monday, Aug. 6, at 5 p.m. The County Clerk’s Office will be open Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. until noon for absentee voting.

For further information concerning absentee ballots or voter registration, contact the County Clerk’s office at 573-473-5820.

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