Livingston County Absentee Voting in Aug. 4, 2020, Primary Election Ongong

Paul Sturm
Chillicothe News

By PAUL STURM, C-T Staff Writer

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — As Missouri’s Aug. 4, 2020, primary election approaches, Sherry Parks, Livingston County clerk and county election authority, reminds those county residents who requested an absentee ballot be mailed to them prior to the July 22 deadline must have their completed ballot back to the clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on election day. It may be hand-delivered on election day by a person other than the actual voter.

While the deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed has passed, advance voting (for those determined to have a qualifying reason for doing so) will continue through Monday, Aug. 3.

Persons who feel  they have a legitimate reason to be unable to go to the polls in person on Aug. 4 may go to the clerk’s office on the second floor of the county courthouse in downtown Chillicothe during normal business hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each business day) any day (Monday through Friday) between now and Aug. 3.

In addition, Parks has announced, she will have her office open for in-person absentee voting on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

To contact the clerk’s office for specifics, call 660-646-8000, extension 3.

Sample ballots are available at the courthouse and are being printed periodically in the C-T.

As this election – with its primary in-party contests to determine who will be the candidates for county, state, and federal offices on the November general election ball – approaches, many or most election officials around the state will have a better sense of how things will proceed – in light of COVID-19 safety-precaution restrictions and measures – on election day and night, having gone through an election in early June. Originally-scheduled April voting here and around the state was preempted and delayed until June, due to the initial onset of the viral pandemic.

In the aftermath of that vote about seven weeks ago, Parks expressed satisfaction with how the safety and protective measures taken worked out and tells the C-T she anticipates little, if any, change in specific procedures and the successful execution of them this time around, as well.

All Livingston County polling locations for the Aug. 4 election will be the same as they were in the June vote, she confirms. Because of the larger number of office elections which will take place and anticipated heavier voter turnout, additional poll workers are being arranged for, as usual, she notes.

She told the C-T late last week that she is not yet ready to make a public estimate of the eventual voter-turnout percentage for next month’s balloting.