KSMU Election 2020

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After a manual recount triggered by a razor thin margin, Democratic challenger Betsy Fogle has defeated the incumbent Republican, Steve Helms, flipping Missouri’s 135th district House seat to blue.

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller’s office oversaw the manual recount, which took place Thursday as a bipartisan team of election workers looked on.

In the end, Fogle maintained her lead and has won the election by a mere 76 votes – that’s out of more than 17,000 votes cast in that race.

ABC

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri continues backing President Donald Trump as the president refuses to concede the election.  

President Trump took to Twitter Sunday saying, "since when does the lamestream media call who our next president will be?"

Blunt, speaking on ABC's This Week on Sunday said there’s a process that needs to be followed.  And he said both Joe Biden and Donald Trump will benefit from that.

Michele Skalicky

The Greene County Clerk's Office is investigating a claim on social media made by someone in another state.  According to Greene County clerk, Shane Schoeller, someone claimed Wednesday that they had illegally disposed of a number of absentee ballots in Greene County during the five-day period of absentee ballot preparation that’s allowed by state law.

Freeman Health System

Sixteen people who are hospitalized in Joplin were able to cast their ballots on Tuesday. 

According to Freeman Health System, social service workers and volunteers from the Jasper County Clerk’s Office made sure patients got to vote.

Eighty-one-year-old Elizabeth Edwards of Joplin and 72-year-old Debbie Reed of Carthage didn’t expect to be in the hospital on Election Day, according to a news release.  Edwards said it would have been the first time she’d missed an election if she hadn’t got to vote.  Reed said voting is a personal privilege.

Greene County

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said, despite a record number of people turning out to vote Tuesday, the election went smoothly.  There were some long lines at certain polling locations, which he attributes to people requesting curbside voting at those sites.  But he said voters were patient.  And there was some electioneering less than 25 feet from polling locations and people wearing political attire, but he said those were resolved quickly.  And occasional issues with ballot scanning machines were taken care of quickly, too.

There were two constitutional amendments on Tuesday's ballot in Missouri, and one failed while the other passed. 

Amendment 3 passed by about 60,000 votes in unofficial results.  It changes the redistricting process that was approved by voters in 2018.

Amendment 1 failed.  Nearly 52 percent of voters said no to that issue.  It would have imposed a two-term restriction on all statewide elected officials.  That restriction currently applies only to the governor and the treasurer.

Michele Skalicky

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is hopeful that every vote cast Tuesday, by mail or by in-person absentee in this presidential election will be counted before Election Day is over.  That’s despite Missouri voters casting a record number of mail-in and absentee ballots in this election.  

At last count, about 900,000 voters had cast a ballot before Election Day.  That’s approximately three times more than the state has had before. And those votes were not able to be tabulated by election workers until Tuesday.

City of Nixa

Three suspects are in custody in Nixa for stealing political signs.

According to the Nixa Police Department, just after midnight, Nixa police officers responded to the area of Glacier Court and Parkmore Heights for a report of individuals in a white SUV stealing political signs from front yards.  Another officer in the area for an unrelated traffic stop saw a vehicle matching the description leaving the area.  Officers then located the vehicle at a Nixa residence.  Thirty-six political signs were recovered.

Michele Skalicky

In the days leading up to the election, Greene County Democrats and Greene County Republicans were busy placing yard signs and handing out literature among many other things.

KSMU checked in at the headquarters of the Greene County Democrats in Springfield Monday.

Executive director, Sam Smith, said there are concerns about voter intimidation, and Tuesday they’ll focus on making sure the election runs smoothly.

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When you head to the polls today in Missouri, you'll want to leave your campaign attire at home. 

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said, according to state statute, no electioneering is allowed within 25 feet of the outer door of a polling location.

“And so, when you come in, if you have a hat for a candidate or an issue, face mask, any type of attire like a t-shirt—I’ve even seen shoes—those should not be within 25 foot of the outer entrance of the polling location, and, of course, not inside the polling location especially,” said Schoeller.

Mike Parson
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Several of the state’s top doctors and hospital administrators have implored Governor Mike Parson to implement statewide measures to slow the rampant spread of the coronavirus—in particular a mandate for face coverings in public.  But Parson says such mandates don’t mesh with his beliefs on the role of state government.

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U.S. Congressman Billy Long, a Republican, was elected to the Missouri 7th Congressional District seat in 2010, and in the upcoming Presidental Election he'll face two opponents.  KSMU reached out to Long; independent candidate, Audrey Richards; and Libertarian candidate, Kevin Craig, for interviews, and only Richards and Craig responded .  Below are the interviews with Richards and Craig.

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We’re less than a week before a historic presidential election, one that coincides with a pandemic.

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said he expects about triple the number of people who voted by absentee in 2016 to cast their ballots this year by mail or by absentee.    

KSMU’s Jennifer Moore interviewed Schoeller this week to get an update on new procedures and safety concerns.

Hear the interview below:

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As we approach Election Day, voters who have not yet sent in their mail-in ballots may now be worried their ballots won’t make it back in time to be counted. This is what they can do to esnure their vote is counted.

First, a reminder:  this year, there are three ways Missouri voters can cast their ballots:   absentee, mail-in, or voting in person on Election Day.   Mail-in and absentee ballots are not the same thing.

JQH Arena
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In this episode of Engaging the Community, Missouri State University President Clif Smart explains the decision to open up the JQH Arena as a polling place for all Greene County voters on November 3.

That means voters will have the option of either casting their ballots at their regular polling place or at the JQH Arena.

Smart said while MSU, as a public institution of higher education, doesn't endorse individual candidates, he thinks "this presidential race, in particular, is the most important race in my lifetime."

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