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UPDATE: Legislation could allow absentee voting come November in response to COVID-19


UPDATE 6:08 p.m.

In the video posted with our original story (above), Secretary Ashcroft discussed possible legislation designed to give absentee voting options to those concerned about contracting the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

That legislation has now been introduced.

According to Senate Bill 552, “a person may vote absentee for candidates and ballot issues in any election in which he or she is eligible to vote if such voter expects to be prevented from going to the polls for specified reasons. This act adds to the list of specified reasons avoiding the risk of contracting or transmitting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.”

The legislation would go into effect on August 28th, but wouldn’t provide this as an absentee voting option until after the next two elections, which are on June 2 and August 4, 2020.

The legislation explicitly states this will only be an option during elections occurring while a state of emergency is in place, meaning Governor Parson would need to extend his emergency declaration until November if this provision were to impact the 2020 presidential election.

MISSOURI – Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft delivered personal protective equipment (PPE) to local polling locations to help the spread of COVD-19 in the upcoming 2020 elections.

Ashcroft delivered numerous PPEs across several counties, including Greene County, such as:

  • Over 1,500 face masks
  • 4,200+ distancing strips
  • 130 bottles of sanitizer
  • 1,500+ face shields
  • 1,600+ posters

“We want to make sure these places have these supplies and we want to make sure the people of the state know that their election location has those supplies and has been planning this out for months, several months ahead of time.”

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft

Shane Schoeller, Greene County Clerk, said, “we want every voter to feel safe when they cast that ballot because their voice is important.”

Schoeller also said they will be testing out plexiglass shields in the upcoming June 2020 election to see which ones work the best for the August 2020 election.

He also said the lessons learned in June will help during the August election.

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