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Whether you're deeply passionate about Trump or despise the guy, you'll have the opportunity to vote for him, Joe Biden, Jo Jorgensen or one of the other candidates on Nov. 3.

You'll also be able to influence ballot issues such as Amendment 3, as well as who will represent you in various other county, state and federal offices.

One caveat: You must be registered to vote, and the deadline is 5 p.m. today.

What's the No. 1 reason election officials turn away potential voters at the polls? It's because they're not properly registered.

If you're not sure whether you are registered, you can check right now, from the comfort of your home or office, right at your computer. Just visit sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register. The Missouri Secretary of State's website not only will tell you if you're registered, but it will tell you how to vote, where to vote, what to bring to the polls and much more.

As we reported Sunday, if you are not registered at your current address, you will need to update your address by this deadline.

For Cole County residents, an address change form is available at colecounty.org/clerk or at the Cole County Clerk's Office located on the second floor of the Cole County Courthouse Annex, 311 E. High St. in Jefferson City. Regular office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Absentee voting continues in the Cole County Clerk's Office until 5 p.m. Nov. 2. Those who would like to apply for an absentee ballot for themselves or for a family member who will not be able to vote at their polling place on Election Day should do so as soon as possible to allow ample time for the ballot to be returned to the county clerk. Absentee ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

The deadline to mail out absentee ballots is 5 p.m. Oct. 21.

For more information, call the Cole County Clerk's Office at 573-634-9101.

Voting is your privilege, your right, your responsibility. Don't let the simple task of registering to stand in the way of having your say this November.

News Tribune

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