Absentee voting is underway in Cole County, and election officers anticipate a return to previous practices as COVID-19 voting exceptions expired on the finish of 2020.
Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer stated throughout a Information Tribune Digital Espresso with the Editor occasion final week that he anticipates a few 10 p.c voter turnout April 6, according to previous municipal elections.
Korsmeyer took a number of questions from space residents, together with on the adjustments in voting processes from the November common election. For the 2020 election, the state expanded absentee poll entry for voters at increased threat of being severely sickened the coronavirus, however these adjustments weren’t everlasting and won’t apply in April.
Those that will be unable to vote at their polling place on Election Day ought to apply for an absentee poll as quickly as potential so ballots have sufficient time to get to the Cole County Clerk’s Workplace 7 p.m. April 6.
The deadline to mail a voter an absentee poll is 5 p.m. March 24.
The deadline to register to vote within the April 6 election is 5 p.m. March 10.
The April 6 poll will embrace a number of municipal and faculty board races all through Cole County.
In Jefferson Metropolis, the poll will embrace elections for Metropolis Council, municipal choose and prosecutor.
The Jefferson Metropolis Board of Training has two seats open, as does the Blair Oaks R-2 Board of Training.
Cole County voters can be requested whether or not the county’s half-cent gross sales tax for capital enhancements needs to be renewed for an additional 5 years.
In Centertown, the poll will embrace three Board of Trustee seats. In Russellville, two seats are open on the Board of Aldermen, and two seats are open on the Lohman Board of Aldermen. In St. Martins, two aldermen seats are open as is the mayor’s seat. In St. Thomas, the poll will embrace two spots on the Metropolis Council. Two seats are open on the Taos Metropolis Council, and two seats are open on the Wardsville Board of Trustees.
The Cole County R-1 Board of Training has two seats accessible, as does the Cole County R-5 Board of Training.
The Osage Hearth Safety District has two seats open on the Board of Administrators. The Regional West Hearth Safety District has one seat open on the Board of Administrators, whereas the Russellville-Lohman Hearth Safety District has one six-year time period open and one two-year time period open.
Proposition 1 asks voters within the Russelleville-Lohman Hearth Safety District whether or not to authorize a 27-cent levy per $100 of assessed valuation for the district.
Absentee voting could be completed eight a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday via Friday on the Cole County Clerk’s Workplace on the second flooring of the Cole County Courthouse Annex, 311 E. Excessive St. in Jefferson Metropolis, via April 5.
To register to vote, replace your deal with or apply for an absentee poll, Cole County residents ought to go to colecounty.org/clerk.