ELECTION 101: Check sample ballots, information for November General Election
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The election is on November 8. Voters in Missouri and Arkansas will decide on a list of federal, statewide, and local races. Voters will also decide on tax and constitutional amendments.
Knowing what’s on your ballot is best before you head to the polls. CLICK HERE to find your county’s ballots.
Highlights on the Ballots:
- MISSOURI U.S. SENATE: Missourians will elect a new U.S. Senator following the retirement of Senator Roy Blunt. Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine, Libertarian Jonathan Dine, and Constitution Party’s Paul Venable will face off for the open seat. CLICK HERE to see ‘Meet the Candidates’ interviews with Busch Valentine and Venable. Schmitt and Dine chose not to participate.
- ARKANSAS U.S. SENATE: Arkansans will also decide on a U.S. Senate Seat. Incumbent Republican John Boozman faces challenges from Democrat Conner Eldridge and Libertarian Frank Gilbert.
- MISSOURI’s 7TH CONGRESSIONAL RACE: For the first time in more than a decade, voters will elect a new congressman to represent Missouri’s 7th Congressional District. Republican Eric Burlison, Democrat Kristen Radaker-Sheafer, and Libertarian Kevin Craig will battle to succeed Congressman Billy Long. CLICK HERE to see ‘Meet the Candidates’ interviews.
- MISSOURI’S 4TH CONGRESSIONAL RACE: For the first time in more than a decade, voters will elect a new congressman to represent Missouri’s 4th Congressional District. Republican Mark Alford, Democrat Jack Truman, and Libertarian Randy Langkraehr will battle to succeed Congressman Vicky Hartzler. CLICK HERE to see ‘Meet the Candidates’ interviews. (Langrkraehr chose not to participate.)
- ARKANSAS GOVERNOR: Arkansans will elect a new governor. Republican Asa Hutchinson can no longer run because of term limits. The race is one of 36 gubernatorial elections across the country. Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Democrat Chris Jones, and Libertarian Ricky Dale Harrington Junior will face off for the seat. If Huckabee Sanders wins, she will become the state’s first woman elected governor. If Jones or Harrington win, they will become the state’s first black governor.
- RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA: Voters in Missouri and Arkansas will also decide on amendments concerning recreational marijuana. If Missourians say yes, it would become the first state to require courts to automatically forgive past marijuana crimes as part of a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational pot on November’s ballot. CLICK HERE for a look at Arkansas’ proposal. CLICK HERE for a look at Missouri’s proposal.
- MISSOURI TREASURER INVESTMENTS: Constitutional Amendment 1 asks the state to give lawmakers the power to override the current Constitutional restrictions of state investments made by the state treasurer. It also allows state investments in municipal securities.
- KANSAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT DECISION: The entire state of Missouri will decide on state funding for the Kansas City Police Department. If passed, Kansas City would be required to increase funding for its police department to 25% of its general revenue budget. It is at the required 20%. The KCPD is one of only a few across the country controlled by the state. That goes back to the 1800s. CLICK HERE for the story on the amendment.
- NATIONAL GUARD QUESTION: Missourians will decide whether the Missouri National Guard should be its own department in the state. It currently is under the Missouri Department of Safety’s supervision.
- CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION: The vote on this question is more of a formality than anything. Every 20 years, the Missouri Secretary of State must ask if the state should call a Constitutional Convention. CLICK HERE for some insight on this vote.
- ARKANSAS ISSUE NO. 1: The vote expands the authority to call the Arkansas legislature into a special legislative session by two other means in addition to the current governor’s ability to do so.
- ARKANSAS BALLOT REFORM: Issue No. 2 changes the requirement of passing statewide amendments and initiatives by vote. Currently, a 50% ‘yes’ vote will allow an initiative to pass. Issue No. 2 would change this to a 60% ‘yes’ vote required for passage.
- ARKANSAS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Issue No. 3 guarantees state and local laws will not infringe on religious liberty, with exceptions in some situations. CLICK HERE for the story on the issue.
- STATEHOUSE RACES: Missouri and Arkansas will both elect members of the statehouse. Several of these races are unopposed.
- GALLOWAY VILLAGE QUESTION: Voters in all of Springfield will decide the future of a proposed development in the Galloway Village area. CLICK HERE for the KY3 story on the issue.
- NIXA POLICE/PARKS QUESTION: The city of Nixa is asking for a sales tax to improve its police station and parks. CLICK HERE for the KY3 story on the issues.
- USE TAXES: The cities of Ozark, Monett, and Stotts City will decide on a tax increase related to online purchases. CLICK HERE for the KY3 story on the issues.
Missouri’s No-Excuse Voting:
Missouri began its no-excuse voting on October 25. You may vote a no-excuse absentee ballot in person at a location designated by your local election authority.
Arkansas Early Voting:
You can choose whether to vote on Election Day or during the early voting period, whichever is easier for you. Early voting can be beneficial if it is difficult or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. Early voting locations may be less crowded, as well.
Election Day Voting:
Polls open in Missouri at 6 a.m. They close at 7 p.m. If you are in line at 7 p.m., you will get to vote. The polling places in Arkansas open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Again if you are in line to vote at 7:30 p.m., you will get to vote.
- Missouri Polling Place Locator: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup/
- Arkansas Polling Place Locator: https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView
Missouri’s New Voter ID Law:
Show one of the forms of acceptable identification and sign the poll book to obtain your ballot:
- A nonexpired Missouri driver or non-driver license;
- A nonexpired military ID, including a veteran’s ID card;
- A nonexpired United States passport; or
- Another photo ID issued by the United States or the state of Missouri is either not expired or expired after the most recent general election date.
*If the driver or non-driver license has expired after the most recent general election, it is an acceptable form of voter ID.
If you do not possess any of these forms of identification but are a registered voter, you may cast a provisional ballot.
Your provisional ballot will count if: (1) you return to your polling place on Election Day with a photo ID; or (2) the signature on your provisional ballot envelope is determined by your local election authority to match the signature on your voter registration record.
If you cast a provisional ballot, you will receive a stub from your provisional ballot envelope with instructions on how to verify that your provisional ballot is counted.
CLICK HERE for examples of acceptable forms of identification.
KY3 will have results through the night. You can find them on KY3 & KSPR by scrolling on the bottom of the screen. You can also find them online by CLICKING HERE. (DISCLAIMER: KY3 does not air the results of unopposed races.)
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