It’s funny how life can take many different twists and turns. Not long ago, I wrote about the importance of voting - especially in local elections. Shortly after I posted about ideas for becoming more involved in our own communities, the Joplin school board voted unanimously to place a bond proposal on the April 3rd ballot. This bond will help rebuild four schools that were completely destroyed by the May 22nd tornado.
One of the daunting tasks our community must overcome is how to encourage those in Joplin who are eligible to vote to get out and get registered. It will be helpful in getting this bond passed if we have a large turnout of voters.
So, in light of this urgent need to “Rock the Vote” here in Joplin, I would like to share with you, the reader, how you should go about getting registered to vote in Joplin (and please do it in a timely matter – in order to vote in the April 3rd election, you must be registered by March 7th).
First of all, the requirements to be eligible to register to vote in the state of Missouri are as follows:
- · You must be 18 years of age (so, high school seniors and college freshmen – get registered!)
- · You must be a U.S. citizen
- · You must be a resident of the state of Missouri
To register to vote, you have several options:
- · Go to the Secretary of State’s website, print the application, and mail to your county election authority’s office.
- · Visit the county clerk’s office. For Joplin residents residing in Jasper County, the county clerk’s office is located in room 200 at 6th & Pearl. Newton County residents need to go to the Newton County Courthouse in Neosho to register.
- · You can also register to vote at the Division of Motor Vehicles office.
- · Visit your school’s office where Joplin R-VIII school secretaries are now deputized by county clerks as registrars.
To vote in favor of the school bond issue on the April 3rd ballot (and I certainly hope that you do Vote Hope!), you MUST be registered by March 7th, 2012. So, please, don’t hesitate. Go register to vote!