Election Officials Prepare for Primary Election

Published 07/29 2014 08:54PM

Updated 07/30 2014 08:08AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Election officials are busy working around the clock to make sure election day runs as smoothly as possible for voters.

With Tuesday's primary just days away, leaders want to make sure the public understands the primary election.

"When you go and vote on Tuesday, you do have to choose a party but you have that option to choose a party," stated Buchanan County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey.

She says it's important voters understand that they must declare a party in order to cast a ballot.

"People do still get upset that they have to choose a party. So I really want to make sure that people, when they go to vote on Tuesday, know that when they they go they need to pick a party," added Baack-Garvey.

The clerk's office is also reminding voters to determine which precinct to use for voting. You can find that by clicking here or by calling the clerk's office.

Election day workers have also been busy training and reviewing election procedures.  This year, for the first time ever, each precinct is getting one-on-one training for election day which many poll workers are excited about.

"You learn how to do the things faster and your questions. You can ask questions directly to them without ever having everyone else sit around," stated JD Carrel, election worker with more than ten years experience.

Also new, voting precincts will no longer allow campaigning on their premises with the exception of four locations.

Those locations that will still allow campaigning are Central Assembly of God, Huffman United Methodist, Ashland United Methodist and the Missouri National Guard. At those locations, campaigners must still be 25 ft. away from the building.

However you decide to vote, election officials are just encouraging all registered voters to participate.

"It's a very important thing, I've done it at every election since I turned 18-years-old," added Carrel.

To view ballots by precinct for the August 5th, 2014 Primary Election, click here.

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