(Hillsboro) The somewhat controversial main-in absentee voting for the August Primary election has begun. Jefferson County Elections Clerk Ken Waller is not a fan of the passing of Senate Bill 631 which approved mail-in voting for the August and November elections due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Waller says the ultimately the public will be playing for the extra staff needed to handle the process.
Christine Hunter is the Office Coordinator for the Election Authority. She says the public needs to fill out an application to receive the ballot.
Hunter says ballot will then be mailed to the voter.
Hunter says then for some, there is the process of getting the ballot notarized.
Again, those age 65 and older or are considered high risk if contracting Covid-19 will not have to have their ballot notarized. Those wanting to mail in their ballots can begin the process by filing out the application online at Jeffco MO dot org and going to the election authority page. You can call the office at (636) 797-5486. The deadline to get a ballot mailed and sent back is July 22nd. Those wanting to simply go to the Jefferson County Administration Building to vote absentee can do so up until Monday, August 3rd.