By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
ST. LOUIS – The chief election official in Jasper County doesn’t expect voting problems in Joplin, even though the post office returned 10,000 new voter ID cards mailed in July.
Voters no longer live at the addresses registered with election officials, and they represent about 12 percent of the voters in Jasper County. Many Joplin residents left Joplin after a tornado decimated the area in May 2011.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder asked Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to intervene in Jasper County.
“It is imperative that you provide assistance and resources to remedy this situation to guarantee every citizen’s constitutional right to vote,” Kinder wrote. “The people of Joplin and Jasper County have lost enough already. They shouldn’t lose their right to vote.”
A representative from the SOS office did not return a call from Missouri Watchdog on Tuesday, but Carnahan, in a previous
response to Kinder’s letter, said her office has provided extra money to help resolve voting issues.
She noted, too, that the the county has held four elections since the tornado.
Jasper County Clerk Bonnie Earl told the Joplin Globe that voters with incorrect addresses on file can still vote Tuesday.
“They can just go to their new polling place and make the change there,” she said. “I don’t want people to think they’ll not be able to vote if they’ve not changed addresses or if they don’t have a new voter ID card.”
Other acceptable forms of ID include most documents with a name and address, including power bills and bank statements. Driver’s licenses and old voter cards work,too, Earl said.
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