KSMU's 2020 Election Coverage

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Turnout for absentee and mail-in voting is already shattering Greene County records this election year. KSMU asked county clerk Shane Schoeller how his office will keep the voting process safe on Election Day. 


That’s the sound of the Greene County Clerk’s office, which is busy processing absentee and mail-in ballots. 

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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:


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.

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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."

Michele Skalicky

The deadline for requesting an absentee or mail-in ballot in Missouri is less than a week away.

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller reminds you that October 21 is the last day to request a ballot for the November 3 election.

But, at a press conference Wednesday at the main post office in Springfield, he urged anyone who wants an absentee or mail-in ballot to put in their requests before that.

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From Ozarks Public Radio at KSMU.org, this is Making a Difference; Connecting Through Conversation, an ongoing series produced in cooperation with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

The 2020-2021 season of Making a Difference Connecting Through Conversation, features a series of conversations between persons in respectful relationships, but with opposing views. Today, we hear from a father and son from Springfield Missouri, with different opinions on third party voters.

Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are debating in Salt Lake City. Their only face-off of the 2020 campaign comes with a wave of uncertainty with President Trump undergoing treatment for COVID-19. Follow live updates and fact-checks on the debate.


Michele Skalicky

Wednesday, October 7, is the last day you can register to vote in the November 3 election. 

If you’re not registered to vote or if you need to update your registration, you can do so at the Greene County Clerk’s Office in the Historic Courthouse, 940 N. Boonville, Room 113, or at any Springfield-Greene County Library branch.

Mail-in registrations will also be accepted if they’re postmarked by October 7.  You can find those at greenecountymo.gov.


Correction: an earlier version of this story failed to list candidate Vicke Kepling in the Missouri House District 135 race.  Kepling, a Green Party candidate, will participate in Thursday's virtual forum. We regret the error, and the story has been edited to reflect the correction.

A partnership of ten organizations from the Springfield area is hosting political forums on candidates and issues ahead of the November 3 election. The public is invited to view those virtually, starting this week.


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A coalition of well-known community organizations will host a series of candidate and ballot issue forums ahead of the November 3 election. Candidates in selected races in the Springfield region have been invited to participate. 

Each organization will host or co-host a forum. All events are virtual and open to the public; registration may be limited. KSMU plans to broadcast some of the forums at later dates. 

Michele Skalicky

As the election nears and many people are thinking about whether to vote in person or by mail, KSMU interviewed Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller.

The Missouri Legislature passed a law in the spring that allows anyone in the state to vote using a mail-in ballot, but they must have that ballot notarized. 

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People are still discussing the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden Tuesday. KSMU asked a government professor to weigh in on how the first debate went.


The topics of the first presidential debate included the Supreme Court, the President’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, race relations, the economy, climate change, and accepting the results of the 2020 election.

Michele Skalicky

Starting Tuesday, September 29, The League of Women Voters and the Springfield-Greene County Library District will offer drive-up voter registration at library branches.  Some will also offer notary service for mail-in and absentee ballots.

The first events are:

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On Tuesday, election officials gathered in front of the Greene County Election Center to encourage Missouri citizens to vote ahead of the general election and to make sure they know their options.

The conference took place next to a brown and gold-striped UPS truck, full of mail-in ballots for Greene County voters. The mail-in ballots started going out to voters September 22.