Absentee and mail-in ballots now available for August 4 election

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    Absentee and mail-in ballots for the August 4 Primary Election are now available in the Crawford County Clerk’s Office, but there are different requirements for the recently approved mail-in ballot option, along with a new legal reason to vote absentee due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


    The deadline to vote absentee in this election in the County Clerk’s Office is Monday, August 3, at 5 p.m. In accordance with election law, no ballots may be sent out or mailed out of the office after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22 ,unless a voter is hospitalized after that time, in which case a deputized absentee team could deliver a ballot to the hospital.
    Applications may be completed only by the voter or on behalf of the applicant by his or her guardian or relative within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity. Please note: The request and return of mail-in ballots as allowed through recent Missouri legislation is different. See additional information below.
    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 (notary not required); 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; certified participation in the address confidentiality program established under sections 589.660 to 589.681 of the Revised Missouri Statutes (RSMo) because of safety concerns.
    An additional legal reason to vote by absentee ballot is available for voters who have contracted or are in an at-risk category for contracting or transmitting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, pursuant to section 115.277.6 of RSMo. A notary is not required for this category. At-risk voters are individuals who are 65 years of age or older, live in a long-term care facility licensed under RSMo Chapter 198, have serious heart conditions, have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, are immunocompromised, have chronic kidney disease and are undergoing dialysis, have liver disease, have diabetes.                        In order to be counted, absentee ballots must be received in the County Clerk’s Office at 302 W. Main Street or by mail at P.O. Box AS Steelville, MO  65565, no later than 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4. Ballots may be returned by the voter in person, or by his or her guardian or relative within the second degree of consanguinity, or by mail. Again, the request and return of mail-in ballots as allowed through recent Missouri legislation is different and is explained further below.
    The Crawford County Clerk’s Office will be open on Saturday, August 1, from 8 a.m. until noon for absentee balloting.  
    Mail-in ballots as approved by SB 631 in Missouri may not be requested by phone, email, or fax.  Applications for a mail-in ballot can be found at www.sos.mo.gov. Applications must be sent by U.S. Mail to the County Clerk’s office at PO Box AS Steelville, MO 65565, or dropped off in person. Applications may be completed and submitted only by the voter or on behalf of the applicant by his or her guardian or relative within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity. The deadline to submit an application for a mail-in ballot is Wednesday, July 22.     
    Mail-in ballots may only be returned via U.S. Mail. Mail-in ballots cannot be dropped off in person. All mail-in ballot envelopes must be notarized. In order to be counted, mail-in ballots must be received only through U.S. Mail and by no later than 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4.     
    The deadline to register to vote for the August 4 Primary Election is Wednesday, July 8 at 5 p.m. If you will be 18 years of age on or before August 4, you must still register to vote by July 8 in order to be eligible to vote in this election.
    If you have any questions regarding absentee balloting, voter registration, or mail-in ballots, please contact John Martin, Crawford County Clerk/Election Authority, at 573-775-2376, option 6.