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FILE: Callaway County Clerk Ronda Miller, proper, appears to be like at a big bottle of hand sanitizer delivered (amongst different PPE) by Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft in mid-Could..
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Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft visited Jefferson Metropolis on Tuesday to encourage qualifying voters to make use of momentary absentee and mail-in voting choices supplied by Senate Invoice 631 within the August and November elections.
Voters who contract or face greater well being dangers from contracting COVID-19 will have the ability to vote absentee on this yr’s elections after Gov. Mike Parson signed the invoice into legislation final month.
At-risk voters, as outlined by the legislation, embrace those that are 65 or older; dwell in a licensed long-term care facility; are immunocompromised; or have power lung illness, reasonable to extreme bronchial asthma, critical coronary heart situations, diabetes, liver illness or power kidney illness requiring dialysis.
Sponsors of the invoice mentioned it consists of measures to stop voter fraud and poll harvesting.
A mail-in absentee poll can be an possibility just for voters who particularly request one. Voters should additionally submit a notarized assertion beneath penalty of perjury with their poll. Ballots should be returned and acquired in an envelope postmarked by U.S. Mail by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 4.
SB 631 additionally features a provision to provide voters who’ve contracted or face excessive threat from contracting COVID-19 the choice to forged an absentee poll with out notarization.
Each provisions of the legislation expire Dec. 31.
The deadline to request an absentee poll by mail for the August election is 5 p.m. July 22.
As of Tuesday, the Cole County Clerk’s Workplace reported it had acquired 694 requests for absentee ballots and had 204 returned. There had been 75 absentee votes forged within the clerk’s workplace.
At this time is the final day to register to vote within the Aug. Four main election. Registration is open till 5 p.m. on the Cole County Clerk’s Workplace, situated on the second ground of the county courthouse annex at 311 E. Excessive St. in Jefferson Metropolis.
For any questions concerning the upcoming election, name the Cole County Clerk’s Workplace at 573-634-9101 or go to colecounty.org/clerk.
“I need to guarantee Missouri voters that their native election authorities are taking many precautions to ensure voting in individual is secure and safe,” Ashcroft mentioned. “Voting in individual continues to be probably the most safe solution to forged a poll.”
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