Absentee ballots are available for the Aug. 7 primary.

Absentee ballots now are available for the Feb. 5 presidential preference primary election, according to Texas County Clerk Don Troutman.

Voters will have to decide which party’s ballot to select. Because Missouri does not register voters by political party, voters can choose any party ballot. The parties are Republican, Democrat and Libertarian.

Voters who have a legal reason for voting absentee such as being out of their voting precinct or being ill can vote at the clerk’s office on the first floor of the Texas County Courthouse Monday through Friday until 5 p.m. the day before the election.

Homebound or out-of-town voters can request mail-in absentee ballots. Requests must be signed by the voter and received before 5 p.m. on Jan. 30. Voters must indicate which party ballot they want. Mailed ballots need to be voted, notarized and returned to the clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on election day. Absentee voters who are listed on the county clerk’s disability voter list do not have to have their return envelope notarized. For more information regarding the county’s disability voter list contact the clerk’s office at 417-967-2112.

The Texas County Courthouse will be open Saturday, Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. until noon for absentee balloting.

Voters in Cass II and Piney precincts are reminded their new polling location will be at the Houston Storm Shelter at the Pine Street entrance.

Voters in Carroll, Current and Date precincts are reminded their new polling location will be at Summersville High School’s old gym on Rogers Street.

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