Absentee ballots now available for June 2 Municipal Election

    The Municipal Election for 2020 will be held on June 2. In March, after Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and following a request from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, the governor issued another order for all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7 to be postponed to June 2.

    The Executive Order declared that ballots already printed for the April 7 election may be used at the postponed date of June 2.
    Other rules included with the Governor’s order included the following:
    • Voters who have attained the age of 18 by April 7 will be allowed to cast a ballot.
    • The closing date to register to vote in this election remained March 11.
    • The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate for office remained March 27 at 5 p.m.
    • The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot (Section 115.279, RSMo) shall be May 20.
    • A public test of voting equipment shall be completed no later than June 1.
    • In-person absentee ballots may be cast until 5 p.m. on June 1.
    • The deadline by which absentee ballots must be received by the election authority (Section 115.293.1, RSMo) shall be 7 p.m. on June 2.
    • Military and overseas voters must request a ballot from an election authority by 5 p.m. on May 29. Military and overseas ballots must be received by the election authority by June 5.
    • Local election authorities were also directed to post information on their website, use social media if available, issue press releases, conduct public appearances, and directly contact stakeholders such as candidates.
    Any eligible voter in Crawford County who wishes to vote absentee in the June 2 Municipal Election may do so in the County Clerk’s office until 5 p.m. on Monday, June 1. Absentee voting by mail may be requested until Wednesday, May 20.
    Legal reasons for voting by absentee ballot are as follows:
    • Absence on election day.
    • Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability.
    • Religious belief or practice.
    • Employment as an election authority at a location other than your polling place.
    • Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained.
    For those who wish to vote absentee by mail, County Clerk John Martin noted they must follow all of the directions on the ballot envelope in order to cast an acceptable ballot.
    The Crawford County Clerk’s office will also be open on Saturday, May 30 from 8 a.m. until noon for those eligible to vote absentee in the June 2, 2020 Municipal Election. Please call that office to find out whether an appointment is still necessary if you wish vote absentee on Saturday morning.
    On June 2, Crawford County polling places will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. During that time, any person properly registered to vote in the county will be given the opportunity to cast his or her ballot.
    Clerk Martin noted, “For this election, there will be nitrile gloves and hand sanitizer at each polling place. We've generally always had some element of ‘social distancing’ at polling places, but voters will just have to be aware of their own space.”
    Address changes for voting purposes can be made through the County Clerk’s office, if needed. Call the office to make an appointment to do so.
    For further information, please contact the Crawford County Clerk’s office at 573-775-2376.

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