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Greene County Clerk's Office Says 'Now's the Time to Register to Vote'

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With 69 days until the August 5th primary election, Greene County officials are urging residents to register to vote now. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.

The Greene County Clerk's Office is preparing for a large number of voters in the upcoming primary and general elections.

Voter turnout in Missouri was at a record high for the presidential primary election in February.

But, voter turnout in Greene County was at a record low in April with only four percent voter turnout.

Richard Struckhoff, the Greene County Clerk, says there will probably be a record turnout of voters in the November election, so now is the time to register to vote.

"Don't wait. Do it now. We are going to have just a crush of voters, especially after the August primary is over. So even if you weren't planning to vote in the primary, now is the time to do it," Struckhoff said.

He says in the last presidential election there were over 126,000 voters in Greene County and this election will probably have more voters.

Struckhoff says registering is easy and there are a few things you need to take with you.

"If you register in front a voter registrar, somebody who has been deputized by our office such as those places on campus or the libraries or schools. Just take some sort of identification with you. After you fill out the application, they'll look at your ID and verify that's who you are and then they'll counter-sign that registration form. We'll send you a verification card that we've received it. That card will tell you where you go to vote and what district you're in," Struckhoff said.

He says that if you have moved make sure you fill out a new address card at a school or library.

Struckhoff and other election officials will be looking for voter fraud in August and November.

He says voter fraud could happen in Greene County.

It's possible. Has it happened? We really don't know. There are many people that believe that some of the forms of identification that Missouri accepts are a little bit lax such as a bank statement or a utility bill. They don't have a signature on them," Struckhoff said.

The last day to register to vote for the primary election is July 9th and the last day for the presidential election is October 8th.

For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.