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, Gov. Parson has signed Executive Order 20-03 ordering all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020, to be postponed to June 2, 2020.
The executive order declares that ballots already printed for the April 7 election may be used at the postponed date of June 2. Voters who have attained the age of 18 by April 7 will be allowed to cast a ballot.
Marion County Clerk Valerie Dornberger said certain protocols have been put in place because of the courthouses being closed to the public.
Those wishing to vote absentee for the April 7 election may still do so until June 1 at 5 p.m., by going to the Palmyra Courthouse and calling the county clerk’s office at 573-769-2549.
Someone from that office will then meet the person at the south door to let them in to vote.
The same situation will be at the Hannibal Courthouse, Dornberger said, with a phone number posted on the door of the courthouse for persons to call. They will then be let into that courthouse to vote.
The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot (Section 115.279, RSMo) will be May 20.
The deadline by which absentee ballots must be received by the election authority (Section 115.293.1, RSMo) will 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.
Those wishing to file for office may also continue to do that by calling the clerk’s office and going to the Palmyra Courthouse.
The clerk’s office will again meet that person at the south door to finish filling out paperwork.
The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate for office remains March 27 at 5 p.m.
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 requires local election authorities to publish notice of the June 2 election as required in Section 115.127.2, RSMo.
A public test of voting equipment shall be completed no later than June 1.
Local election authorities are also directed to post information on their website, use social media if available, issue press release, conduct public appearances and directly contact stakeholders such as candidates.