Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller unveiled a series of major updates to his office’s website at a press briefing at the Greene County Elections Center on North Boonville Avenue in Springfield on Feb. 15, 2022. (Photo by Rance Burger)

Wednesday, July 20, at 5 p.m. marks the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the Aug. 2 primary election.

Voters will go to the polls Aug. 2 to decide on Missouri’s party nominations for U.S. Senate and a variety of other legislative and county elections. Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller says all voters who wish to vote absentee in the primary must make their request before the deadline.

Greene County registered voters may request absentee ballots by downloading and printing the application, and returning it by email to absenteevoting@greenecountymo.gov or by mail to the Office of the County Clerk, 940 North Boonville Ave., Room 113, Springfield, MO 65802.

Voters will need to specify party preference in order to vote on partisan nominations for various county, state, and federal offices. 

Absentee ballots, by Missouri law, are allowed when a voter will be absent from their registered voting district on the day of the election, when a voter is confined due to illness or disability or when a voter is the primary caregiving for a person incapacitated by illness or disability. Voters may also get absentee ballots if a religious belief or practice will keep them from going to the polls on the day of the election, when they are employed as an election official or authority at a place other than their assigned polling place, when a voter is incarcerated but still retains their right to vote, and when a voter is part of an address confidentiality program protected by law.

In-person absentee voting is available at the Greene County Elections Center at 1126 North Boonville Avenue in Springfield, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., until 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1. You can vote absentee at the Elections Center on Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Absentee ballots must be received in the Office of the County Clerk by 7 p.m. on Aug. 2 to be counted. 

Sample ballots for Greene County and a composite of candidates and issues, along with information and resources regarding absentee voting, are available in the Office of the County Clerk or at http://vote.greenecountymo.gov.

Rance Burger

Rance Burger covers local government for the Daily Citizen. His goal is to help people know more about what projects their government is involved in, and how their tax dollars are being spent. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with 15 years experience in journalism. Reach him at rburger@sgfcitizen.org or by calling 417-837-3669. Twitter: @RanceBurger More by Rance Burger