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In order to vote, citizens living in Missouri must register to vote. Any U.S.citizen 17 years and 6 months of age or older, if a Missouri resident, may register in the state. The following are the only exceptions:
A person who is adjudged incapacitated A person who is confined under sentence of imprisonment A person who is on probation or parole after a conviction of a Felony until final discharge A person after conviction of a felony or misdemeanor connected with the right of suffrage (RSMo 115.133)
How and where can I register to vote?
Qualified citizens may register in person at the County Clerk’s Office, by mail, on the Secretary of State's website, or at the Driver's License Bureau. You become registered by completing a form with identity and residence information and qualifications that are signed and sworn to, then witnessed by the election authority or designated deputy.
You must be 18 years of age by the day of a particular election to be eligible to vote in that election. Also, you must be registered by the 4th Wednesday preceding an election to be eligible to vote in that election.
Register to vote here!
If you have limited mobility you may be able to vote "curbside" or outside the polling place. You should go to your polling place and ask someone to go in and ask poll workers to bring a ballot out to you. The poll workers will bring you out a ballot to fill out.
Accessible Voting Systems:
At every federal election, every polling place must have an accessible voting system for individuals with disabilities including audiovisual accessibility. Accessible systems include an audio ballot to make selections or the ability to enlarge text so that you can read the on-screen ballot with ease.
Permanent Absentee Voting:
If you have a permanent physical disability you may request to be placed on a designated list so an absentee ballot application will be mailed to you automatically to you prior to each election.
If you cannot read or write, are blind or have another physical disability and cannot vote your ballot, you may choose to bring in a person to help you vote. Your assistant does not have to be over the age of 18 or have to be registered to vote. Additionally, a bipartisan team of poll workers can assist you upon request.
1) $10,000 surety bond to insure your four-year term as a notary public
2) $6.00- cash or check made out to the Buchanan County Clerk's office (we currently do not have the ability to take payment by debit/credit card)
If you have not qualified with the Secretary of State's Office, then please see the link below to learn how to become a notary. How to Become a Notary
•Must have a copy of State liquor license
To apply for your state Liquor License call:
•Chuck Bidding (816)889-2009 - Kansas City Office (816)889-3149 - Fax
Once you have your state license fill out the application and mail along with a copy of your state liquor license and the applicable fee to:
Buchanan County Clerk411 Jules Street, Room 121St. Joseph, MO 64501
If you have any questions you can call the County Clerk's office at (816) 271-1412.The County Liquor License application is in the "Helpful Documents" section of the webpage. State Liquor License applications
License fees are: 10 Day - $5.00 1 Month - $10.00 3 Months - $20.00 6 Months - $30.00 12 Months - $50.00
A $2.00 fee applies to each license. We accept cash, money orders, or checks made payable to Buchanan County Clerk (we currently do not have the ability to process payments with a debit/credit card).
WE DO NOT HAVE RECORDS FOR ANY OTHER YEARS HERE IN THE COURTHOUSE. PLEASE SEE THE LIST BELOW AND USE OUR HELPFUL LINKS TO CONTACT OTHER AGENCIES:
* Birth Records after 1910- Contact Patee Hall at (816) 271-4636.* Birth Records from 1873-1909- Contact the St. Joseph Public Library at (816) 232-8151* All Death Certificates- Contact Vital Records at (573) 751-6387*Genealogy Information- Contact NW Missouri Genealogy Society at (816) 233-0524 or check out their website. Northwest Missouri Genealogy Society
The first day to file for a County Office for the August 7th Primary Election is February 27, 2018 beginning at 8:00 am. The last day to file is March 27, 2018 until 5:00 pm.
To file for a County Office you will come to the County Clerk's Office in the Buchanan County Courthouse (411 Jules Street, Room 121, St. Joseph, MO 64501). You will file in our office if are running for: Associate Circuit Judge, Presiding County Commissioner, Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Clerk, Recorder of Deeds, County Treasurer, Prosecuting Attorney, County Auditor, and Collector of Revenue. All STATE offices (including Circuit Court Judge) would file in Jefferson City with the Secretary of State's Office.
Documents needed to file for County Office
Candidates who file on the first day by 5:00 p.m. will select a number by random drawing. The random number drawn determines the candidate's primary ballot placement. After the first day, candidates are placed on the ballot in the order of their filing. (Section 115.395, RSMo) Ballot Placement Information
You are welcome to contact the County Clerk's Office regarding any questions of campaign ethics or campaign finance. However, your best source of information is always the Missouri Ethics Commission. Please see the link to their website. Missouri Ethics Commission
Please note we are hosting a Candidate Ethics Training Class on April 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm for all candidates running in the upcoming August Primary Election. The training location will be the Pat Byrne Memorial Election Building (1005 N. 4th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501). Please call the County Clerk's Office at 271-1412 to RSVP so we have an accurate headcount.