Absentee ballots for August 2 Primary now available

Absentee ballots for the August 2 Primary election are now available to registered Crawford County voters in the County Clerk’s office in the courthouse on Main Street in Steelville.  

The deadline to vote absentee in this election in the County Clerk’s office is Monday, August 1 at 5 p.m. The Clerk’s office will be open on Saturday, July 30 from 8 a.m. until noon for absentee balloting.  

In accordance with election law, no ballots may be sent out or mailed out of the office after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 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.     

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 because of safety concerns.

In order to be counted, absentee ballots must be received in the County Clerk’s office, located at 302 W. Main St (mailing address: PO Box AS) Steelville, MO  65565, no later than 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2. 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.  

The deadline to register to vote for the August 2 Primary Election is Wednesday, July 6, at p.m. Voters who will be 18 years of age on or before August 2 must still register to vote by the July 6 deadline in order to be eligible to vote in this election. 

If you have any questions regarding absentee balloting or voter registration, please contact John Martin, Crawford County Clerk/Election Authority, at 573-775-2376.