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Friday, November 3, 2006

No 'straight party' ballot option Tuesday

On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Missouri, voters will no longer be able to use the "straight party" ballot option when voting.

The straight party option allowed voters to vote for all of the candidates in one particular party with only one mark. During this election, voters must put a mark next to each candidate that they wish to cast a vote for.

There has been recent debate about identification requirements to vote in Missouri. The rules have not changed on voter identification. Registered voters will need to show one of the acceptable forms of identification to vote on Nov. 7.

Acceptable forms of identification are:

-- Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state

-- Identification issued by the U.S. Government

-- Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri

-- 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.

If you do not possess any of these forms of identification, you may still cast a ballot if two supervising election judges, one from each major political party, attest that they know you.

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