Cape Girardeau County Clerk on what to expect ahead of midterm elections

JACKSON, Mo. (KBSI) – With midterm elections coming up on Nov. 8, Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers said the first item to keep in mind is House Bill 1878, which requires Missourians to present a valid form of photo ID to vote. 

“They can vote a provisional ballot on Election Day if they don’t have any other form of ID, but it’s really important for people to remember to bring that to the polls with them on Election Day,” she said.

This valid form of ID can be a Missouri driver’s license, a military ID, a United States passport, or another form of photo ID issued by the state of Missouri or the United States. Voters also no longer need an excuse to vote absentee. 

Clark Summers gave her estimation on voter turnout based on what she has seen with early voting so far. 

“It’s been very busy,” she said. “We’ve been voting over 200 people daily in our office for several days now, so I’m expecting about a 60 to 65 percent turnout for this election.” 

Clark Summers stressed the importance of midterm elections and the impact they have on our everyday lives. 

“People should really be engaged in what’s going on because these things can change our lives, and the people being elected have the authority to make these laws, so we want to make sure that everybody has an opportunity to pick their candidate and that everybody has the opportunity to vote on these amendments that are actually changing the Constitution, so we need to pay attention as to what we want for our state,” she said.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. The County Clerk’s Office in Jackson, the satellite office in Cape Girardeau, and the Show-Me Center will all be central polling places.

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