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Springfield Primary Election Rescheduled Due to Winter Weather

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The Greene County primary election originally scheduled for Tuesday has been rescheduled for February 22, due to continued concerns over winter weather. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with election officials to learn more about this unprecedented event.

Last week as winter weather pounded the Ozarks, and much of the Midwest, local officials in Springfield became concerned about the primary election scheduled for February 8th. Richard Struckhoff is the Greene County Clerk. He says that as forecasts continue to include snow, there’s concern that the weather could interfere with the voters’ ability to participate in the election. State law allows county clerks to petition a panel of judges on the Court of Appeals to reschedule or relocate an election due to a disaster. Struckhoff says this is unprecedented in Greene County.

“In the 23 years I have been a county clerk, we have never even contemplated this. But with last week’s severe weather, combined with an ominous forecast for Friday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we decided to make the call. Because if we waited until today, we wouldn’t have time to get the word out quickly enough,” Struckhoff said.

The primary election has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 22 and will take place at all 46 polling places throughout the city. Struckhoff says that absentee ballots which have already been received will be held until election day and will be counted at that time. And Struckhoff says it’s not too late to vote absentee.

“Anyone who now realizes that they will be out of the jurisdiction on February 22, they can vote an absentee ballot. [Voters] can either request one by mail, and a request must be to us by the Wednesday before the election, that would be February 16. Or they can come to our office and vote that absentee ballot in person. The last opportunity they would have to vote in person was the day before the election,” said Struckhoff.

The Greene County Clerk’s office is open 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can find a link to more information below. For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Bettmann.

Click here to learn more about voting absentee