MARION COUNTY – APRIL 7, 2020, GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 2, 2020
Pursuant to Governor Mike Parson’s Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and a request from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Governor Parson today signed Executive Order 20-03 ordering all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020, to be postponed to June 2, 2020.
“Given the growing concern surrounding COVID-19 and the large number of people elections attract, postponing Missouri’s municipal elections is a necessary step to help combat the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of Missouri voters,” Governor Parson said. “Postponing an election is not easy, but we are all in this together. We are thankful to Secretary Ashcroft and our 116 election authorities for their leadership, cooperation, and commitment to doing what is best for their communities during this time.”
Section 44.100, RSMo, provides that during a state of emergency, the Governor is authorized to “waive or suspend the operation of any statutory requirement or administrative rule prescribing procedures for conducting state business, where strict compliance with such requirements and rules would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action by the department of health and senior services to respond to a declared emergency or increased health threat to the population.”
The Executive Order states:
- The closing date to register to vote in this election remains March 11.
- The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate for office remains March 27 at 5 p.m.
- The deadline to apply for a mailed absentee ballot (Section 115.279, RSMo) shall be May 20.
- 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, and the deadline for local election authorities to make ballots available to such voters is April 18. Military and overseas ballots must be received by the election authority by June 5.
Marion County Clerk, Valerie Dornberger stated, “This is a difficult time for everyone and understands the uncertainty and concerns of the voters of Marion County. I am particularly concerned with Marion County voters who are over the age of 60 or have conditions that would make them more susceptible to the virus. I am happy that Governor Parson issued the Executive Order to post-pone the election until June 2, 2020. My office is working very hard to make sure that your right to vote is not limited and voting in Marion County is secure and safe.” Any voter who has questions on the upcoming June 2, 2020, General Municipal Election may contact the Marion County Clerk at email@example.com or by telephone at 573-769-2549.
Additional information has been updated for the June 2, 2020 General Municipal Election as follows:
Qualified registered voters may vote absentee in person at the County Clerk’s Office at the Palmyra Courthouse, weekdays until 5:00 p.m. Walk-in absentee voting will also be available on Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Palmyra Courthouse By law, absentee ballots can be mailed by contacting the County Clerk’s Office no later than Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Any person in federal service, who is eligible to register and vote in any election in this State, may vote in the election even if they are not registered. Those in federal service may vote by mail absentee ballot or in person at the Palmyra Courthouse. In addition, any person in federal service may also register to vote, and request/receive an absentee ballot through the Military Overseas Voter Access Portal at https://movotesportal.sos.mo.gov. Any registered voter who has changed their place of residence within the County before 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the election should notify the County Clerk’s Office in Palmyra at 573-769-2549. In addition, any registered voter who has obtained a lawful name change such as a marriage should go to the County Clerk’s Office to sign all the appropriate paperwork to receive their new voter card. Absentee Balloting is provided by Missouri Law for any registered voter who expects to be prevented from going to the polls to vote on Election Day due to:
- Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the Election Authority in which he or she is registered to vote;
- Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability;
- Religious belief or practice;
- Employment as an Election Authority, as a member of an Election authority, or by an Election authority at a location other than his or her polling place;
- Incarceration – provided all qualifications for voting are retained.
- Certified participation in the address confidentiality program established under sections 589.660 to 589.681 because of safety concerns.
For additional information or questions, please contact the County Clerk’s Office at 573-769-2549 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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