ELECTION 101: What you need to know about Tuesday's election day

People voting on U.S. Election Day, Photo Date: 11/7/2017 / Photo: Ralph Northam / Twitter / (MGN)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. The Ozarks will again go to the polls to decide heated races and issues Tuesday.

Here's what you need to know about election day in Missouri and Arkansas.


The polling places open in Missouri at 6 a.m. They close at 7 p.m. If you are standing in line, you will still get to vote. Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says you will be asked for identification before you vote. However, Aschcroft says, if you're registered, not having an ID won't keep you from voting.

The polling places open in Arkansas at 7:30 a.m. They close at 7:30 p.m. Arkansas does not have a voter ID law. However, voters are deciding a referendum on that issue. Early voting in Arkansas ended Monday.


Both states are deciding both statewide races and issues, as well as local races and issues. In Missouri, voters must decide a hotly contested U.S. Senate race. Senator Claire McCaskill is up against challenger, Attorney General Josh Hawley. Analysts call this race the closest in the country.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson faces a challenge from Democrat Jared Henderson. Hutchinson is hoping to win a second term in office.

Both states will decide several Congressional seats and statewide legislative seats.

Greene County will elect a new presiding commissioner. Bob Dixon and Sara Lampe are battling to replace Bob Cirtin. Dixon is a current state senator. Lampe is an ex-state representative.

The city of Harrison is deciding a hotly contested mayoral race between Jerry Jackson and Dan Sherell.


Missourians will finally have a say on medical marijuana. In fact, voters will decide between three different medical marijuana proposals. If all three pass, the state will adopt the one with the most votes. Missourians must also decide a fuel tax and whether the state should gradually increase the minimum wage.

Arkansans will decide three statewide issues at the polls Tuesday. Amendment 2 creates a Voter ID law. Amendment 4 expands casino gambling in the state. And Amendment 5 raises the state's minimum wage.

Counties too will decide tax issues. Both Laclede County and the city of Lebanon will vote on tax issues. The Gainesville, Mo. School District also has a tax levy on the ballot.


Click HERE to see all of our stories on the races and issues in this election.


Know your ballot before you head to the polls. County clerks across the state estimate those unprepared are spending about 30 minutes in the voting booth. (See the issues above) We have made it easy for you to prepare. Click HERE. Then click on your county. Several ballots have several races with unopposed candidates.


The forecast looks clear, but cool in the Ozarks. Click HERE for the latest forecast.


We will begin our coverage on Ozarks Today at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Watch all day long for updates from busy polling places Then, watch KY3 and KSPR beginning at 7 p.m. for the latest results, live look at campaign headquarters and of course all of the analysis of the winners and losers. Click HERE to follow the latest results after the polls close. We will stay through the night until those winners are decided.