During a ‘normal’ presidential election year, as with any election, plans are put in to motion months in advance. When you add a pandemic to the equation, the list of unknown factors grows substantially. The Lincoln County Clerk and Election Authority Office is fully immersed in plans and protocols for a smooth Election Day in Lincoln County on November 3rd.
With the election rapidly approaching, these preparations also involve the County Clerk’s office. Lincoln County currently has 40,279 registered voters and the staff in the Voter Registration Office have been processing over one hundred address changes, name changes and new registrations daily. In addition to processing the daily records, the office has mailed more than 1,858 absentee ballots to voters and processed over 1,744 in person absentee voters in the office, as of October 21, 2020.
Bipartisan judges will report to the Courthouse on Election Day to count the absentee ballots and the results will be posted after 7:00 p.m. on our website www.lincolncountymoclerk.gov.
The new Voter Registration Office, located in room 204, has made the in-person absentee voting experience much smoother. Absentee voters will check-in at the counter, present their ID, sign their names on the Poll Pad, and then move to the courtroom to submit their ballot with the traditional voting privacy protocols you would experience with any other election. There is room for a minimum of eighteen voters at a time with additional space available if needed.
Due to the increased volume of those wanting to vote absentee, a satellite absentee voting location has been established at the at the Winfield-Foley Fire Protection District, Station #1, beginning on Monday, October 19th. This location is open to any and all registered voters in Lincoln County wanting to vote absentee. Station #1 is located at 3931 E Highway 47 in Winfield. The hours of the satellite location will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Please make sure that you have your voter’s registration up to date and make any address changes or name changes as soon as possible to avoid delays on Election Day. If you have moved since the last time that you voted, even if it was just across the street, you need to update your address. If your name has changed, you will need to update your registration. If you are new to the County you must complete a new registration. The deadline to register to vote for this election was Wednesday, October 7. You can verify your registration and view your sample ballot at the Missouri Secretary of State’s website www.sos.mo.gov/elections. You may view the sample ballot on the website and bring it with you to the poll.
The November 3rd election will utilize 160 election judges that will go through a full training session on October 29. Numerous safety precautions will be in place on Election Day. Masks are encouraged but not mandatory. Student volunteers from all four County school districts will assist with sanitizing all equipment and high touch surfaces throughout the day. Each voter will be provided with a stylus pen that will be used to check-in by signing the polling pads and to cast your ballot. These stylus pens are for the voters to keep. There will also be plenty of hand sanitizer at each location for all to use.
If you feel sick on November 3rd or have tested positive for Covid-19, we ask that you please call our office at (636)-462-8090 for information on how we can get you a ballot.
Do you know your plan for how, where and when you are going to vote? The volume of information available about the election can be overwhelming. Please make sure that you verify the source of any information that you receive. If it did not come from our office, or the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, you should treat the information as suspect.
We will have four central polling locations on Election Day. The Central Poll at the Courthouse at 201 Main Street in Troy, MO; Vote Center East at the Winfield-Foley Fire Protection District, Station #1 at 3931 E. Highway 47 in Winfield, MO; Vote Center South at the Moscow Mills Lions Club at 30 Freise Industrial Drive in Moscow Mills, MO; and Vote Center North at the Millwood Knights of Columbus Hall at 38 St. Alphonsus Road in Silex, MO. Any registered voter in Lincoln County can cast their vote at any one of these locations instead of their normal polling location.
Please remember there is no electioneering allowed inside a polling location. This also includes the wearing of masks, hats or any other type of clothing/signage with your candidate’s name on it. Please have patience with our election judges, remember although they are being paid, our workers are giving up a long day to assist you with this process. Our judges are your neighbors and friends so please be kind and courteous.
Should you have any questions about the process, your eligibility to vote, or information you’ve obtained, we highly encourage you to contact us at (636) 462-8090 and/or follow us on Facebook for election information. A reminder that sample ballots, a list of all voting locations, results and more can be found on our website, www.lincolncountymoclerk.gov.