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Voting registration deadlines approach

With midterm elections less than a month away, the deadline for registering to vote is rapidly approaching.

In Missouri, the registration deadline is Oct. 6. The Kansas deadline is Oct. 18.

To be eligible to register, one must be a U.S. citizen 18 or older at the time of the election and have residence in the state of registration.

Registration must be completed by new voters and by returning voters who move or legally change their names.

In Kansas, voters can register by completing an online form, printing it and then faxing or scanning and emailing it to their local elections office.

The form can be found on the Kansas Secretary of State website, http://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/voterregistration.pdf.

However, Missouri voters do not have the same convenience. They must either register in person at a public library, local election authority office or other state agency, or mail a completed voter registration card to their local election authority.

The Missouri voter registration card can be found online at http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/print.aspx.

It is important for voters to follow instructions carefully; incomplete forms, including those lacking a valid signature, may be rejected.

Upon submission, voters will receive a voter registration card in the mail within 7-10 days verifying their registration. The card will also list a voting location and contain instructions on how to vote, including necessary documentation.

Voters who wish to vote early in either state can do so by requesting an advance voting, or absentee, ballot by mail.

In Kansas, advance voting begins 20 days prior to the general election. Forms can be found at http://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/AV1.pdf, and must be submitted to the county elections officer.

In Missouri, absentee voting begins six Tuesdays prior to the general election. Absentee ballots can be requested by filling out an absentee ballot request form (http://www.sos.mo.gov/forms/elections/absentee.pdf)

and mailing or faxing it to their location election authority or by submitting it in person.

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Kansas Required ID to Vote:

(Need two of three)

Name

Current residential address

Photo ID

If an ID contains an address, it must match the one listed on the voter registration card.

Here’s a partial list of candidates running for office in each state:

Elections held in between general elections are known as midterm, or off-year, elections. Every two years, all members of the United States House of Representatives come up for vote, along with 2/3 of the United States Senate. Some states, including Kansas, also hold their gubernatorial (governor) races during off-year elections.

Missouri:

U.S. Senate: Robin Carnahan (D) vs. Roy Blunt (R)

U.S. House of Representatives, 6th district: Clint Hylton (D) vs. Sam Graves (R)

U.S. House of Representatives, 5th district: Emanuel Cleaver (D) vs. Jacob Turk (R)

U.S. House of Representatives, 4th district: Ike Skelton (D) vs. Vicky Hartzler (R)

Complete list: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2010general/

Kansas:

Governor: Tom Holland (D) vs. Sam Brownback (R)

U.S. Senate: Lisa Johnston (D) vs. Jerry Moran (R)

U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd district: Stephene Moore (D) vs. Kevin Yoder (R)

Complete list: http://www.kssos.org/elections/elections_upcoming_candidate.asp

Missouri Required ID to Vote:

(At least one)

ID issued by the Federal Government, state of Missouri or a local election authority.

ID issued by a Missouri institution (public or private) of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school.

A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter.

Driver’s license or state identification card issued by another state.

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