An executive order from Governor Mike Parson has postponed the April 7 Municipal Election for the whole state, pushing the date back until June 2.

A press release from the governor’s office said 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. 

“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,” Parson said in the release. “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.”

Additionally, Lincoln County Clerk Crystal Hall has petitioned the Eastern Appellate Court to postpone the date of the general municipal election from April 7, 2020 to June 2, 2020. Other county clerks throughout the Eastern Appellate Court district have joined Hall’s petition by filing an Entry of Appearance and Consent. 

In addition to moving the date of the election, the petition also asks the court to extend the deadline for absentee voting to Monday, June 1, 2020, and to clarify that the original voter registration and eligibility requirements for the April 7 election will remain intact. 

While Parson’s signed executive order postponing the April 7 Election is in effect, a statement from Hall’s office said legal counsel has advised her office the petition to the Eastern Appeals Court under the procedure set forth by Missouri Revised Statute 115.024. This is being done out of an abundance of caution in the unlikely event that the governor’s executive order runs into problems in terms of legal scrutiny, the release stated. 

“It is our mission to ensure the integrity of Lincoln County Elections and the safety of all of our voters and election judges,” the release from Hall’s office stated. “We’ve been working through contingency plans and available options to ensure that every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot while following the recommendations of the CDC with regard to COVID-19.” 

 

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