Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller

Greene County Clerk Discusses Early Voting Options

Oct 19, 2020

Making Democracy Work continues the focus on voter education and information looking ahead to the upcoming General Election November 3rd.

This week, host Lisa Langley speaks with Greene County Clerk, Shane Schoeller.

Today’s discussion explores the differences between mail-in and absentee ballots, and overviews important information for voting procedures.  The deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot is this Wednesday, October 21st.

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The Greene County Clerk’s Office has added a Voting Options page to its website that includes step-by-step instructions on how to vote absentee or through mail-in voting this year.

The page includes links to absentee and mail-in ballot applications, and it answers frequently asked questions about the voting process.

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Voters have some choices on how to cast ballots this year in Missouri:  Vote in person, vote absentee or vote with a mail-in ballot. ALL mail-in ballots must be notarized.  Some absentee ballots must be notarized.  Those include anyone voting absentee who fall into one of these categories:

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Election judges are important part of a local polling station; they make sure voting goes off without a hitch.  In Greene County, more election judges are needed this year than ever, as Missouri holds in-person primary voting on August 4 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Greene County Clerk’s Office needs about 100 more judges to help check in voters, hand out ballots, clean polling stations, and make sure everyone keeps distance from one another. 50 must be registered Democrats, and 50 must be Republicans, to keep hiring bipartisan.

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The Greene County Clerk, Shane Schoeller, is reminding residents that although the date for the general municipal elections changed to June 2, the deadline for voters to register for the August Statewide Primary election remains the same.

The deadline to register to vote in the August primary election is July 8.  Registering and updating your information can be done on the Greene County Clerk’s website. You can also print the form off and mail it in to the clerk’s office.

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Greene County candidates running for public office in the August 2020 primary can begin filing their paperwork next Tuesday.

Some of the positions that are up for re-election include Greene County treasurer, public administrator and commissioners for districts one and two.

Shane Schoeller, the Greene County Clerk, said candidates should go to the historic courthouse next Tuesday with the required paperwork to get their name on the ballot. 

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley speaks with Shane Schoeller, Greene County Clerk.

Today’s discussion talks about voter registration, existing and new polling places, and other updates related to election process looking ahead to next year's presidential election.

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If you’re not yet registered to vote and you want to cast a ballot in the April 2nd General Municipal Election, you have until tomorrow to register.

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Update at 9:45 AM, Nov. 7, 2018:    Voter turnout in Greene County for Tuesday's midterm election was a very high 71 percent, according to county election results.

Greene County clerk Shane Schoeller had estimated voters would turnout between 55 and 60 percent.  As ballot boxes began to arrive at the Greene County Election Headquarters after the polls closed, staff described the boxes as "heavy" and "full."

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley, speaks with Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller.

Today’s discussion talks about the new central polling place that will be available for the August 7th election, as well as an overview of general election information.

Anyone who plans to vote in Missouri’s August 7th primary election must register to vote by Wednesday, July 11.

In Greene County, voter registration can be done in Room 113 of the Historic Courthouse, 940 N. Boonville in Springfield, at any branch library or any DMV license office.

Postcard mail-in registrations will also be accepted if they are postmarked by Wednesday.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley speaks with Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller.

They discuss the upcoming April election and important information for Greene County voters.

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Filing starts Tuesday, February 27, for the August 7 Primary Election, and County Clerk Shane Schoeller wants to be sure candidates are ready.

During a recent media event, he said one of his goals when he took office was to make it as simple as possible for candidates who want to run for a county office or a party’s central committee to find information they need online.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley talks with Greene County Clerk, Shane Schoeller.

Schoeller  provides updates and insights on the voting machine selection process, and anticipated date of implementation.


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Missouri’s Photo Voter I.D. Law goes into effect today with those who supported it reassuring voters and those who opposed it continuing to express their concerns.

The new law is a state constitutional amendment that was approved by voters last November.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft criticized those who said Wednesday that the new law would make it harder and more confusing to vote.  He said “the law will not disenfranchise a single voter.”