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The End is Near
 
 

Dear Geoff,

 

Today is the Last Day of Voter Registration in Missouri

Take a moment to check that your voter registration is up to date as today is the last day to make any changes before the most important election of our lives. Make sure everything looks right and have your friends and family do the same here: https://missouridemocrats.org/showmevotes/

 

Yard Signs Have Been Flying Out the Door

If you are still looking for a Biden/Harris yard sign, we are moving through our final batch of them fast with hundreds of excited voters from around the area coming in every week showing their support for the national ticket. We have about 500 left and when they're gone, they're gone so visit our office at 308 W Maple in Independence between 10am and 4pm on weekdays to get yours for $8.

 

A Handy Reminder About Absentee and Mail In Voting in Missouri

Make a plan to vote and if possible, use a paper ballot in person. If you are receiving a ballot by mail and can, return it to the proper election authority by hand. If you require a notary, contact us and we will find a volunteer or direct you to the closest location, all free of charge.

All mail-in ballot requests must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. That’s when your local election board must receive your request that a ballot be sent to you that you will mail back to them. You can request a mail-in ballot or an absentee ballot. If you intend to vote using this option, get your request sent in ASAP. 
 
Notarization is required for ALL MAIL-IN ballots. This means that after you mark your mail-in ballot, you must sign it in front of a notary who will then notarize your ballot. Notarization is required for SOME ABSENTEE ballots by mail. NO NOTARY IS REQUIRED IF YOU ARE CONFINED DUE TO ILLNESS, OR IN AN AT-RISK CATEGORY. 
 
The USPS recommends that if you are mailing your ballot, it be in the mailbox by October 21. Although it is not required, it is recommended that you affix a first-class postage stamp. The county election board must receive your ballot by 7pm on Election Day (November 3).
 
You can also vote absentee in-person at your Election Board or a satellite location (call for locations). This option is available for people who will be unable to vote on Election Day because of travel or other Election Day obligations. The deadline for in-person absentee voting is November 2, at 5:00 PM

 

Want to Volunteer?

If you have time and energy to give to our races in Missouri, visit www.ShowMeChange.org or email geoff@jacksoncodems.org to learn about phone banks, literature drops and other opportunities.

 

Some History About the Governor's Office

(via Rep. Jerome Barnes)

When Republican Gov. Eric Greitens resigned in disgrace ahead of impeachment proceedings on June 1, 2018, then-Lt. Gov. Mike Parson was sworn in to replace him, thus becoming an “accidental governor” – someone who achieved Missouri’s highest elected office by happenstance rather than a vote of the people.
 
Two years later, Parson, also a Republican, is seeking to become just the second accidental governor in Missouri history to win election to a full term and the first since Democratic Gov. Lilburn Boggs in 1836. State Auditor Nicole Galloway is the Democratic nominee running to unseat Parson in the Nov. 3 general election.
 
Although Missouri has had a total of nine accidental governors who served out the terms of their predecessors, there have only been two since the 1880s, including Parson. The other was Gov. Roger Wilson, a Democrat who replaced Gov. Mel Carnahan after he died in a plane crash on Oct. 16, 2000. Because the next gubernatorial election was just weeks away and there already was a Democratic nominee, Wilson had no opportunity to seek a full term that year.
 
Boggs, the only accidental governor to date to win a full term, was lieutenant governor when Gov. Daniel Dunklin resigned in the summer of 1836 with just a few months left on his term to accept a presidential appointment as surveyor general of Missouri and Illinois. Boggs won election to a full term later that year.
 
During his tenure, Boggs issued the infamous Mormon Extermination Order, which stated that “Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the state if necessary for the public peace.” The decree, officially known as Executive Order 44, resulted in the violent removal of Mormons from the state by Missouri militia in 1838.
 
Boggs also presided over the Honey War, an 1837 dispute in which Missouri claimed its border with Iowa was about 10 miles north of where it is today and attempted to impose taxes on residents of the area. Both states sent militia to the disputed region, which was known for an abundance of honey bee trees, but the situation ended without bloodshed. The U.S. Supreme Court finally resolved the matter in Iowa’s favor in 1849.