KSMU's 2020 Election Coverage

Here at KSMU, we have a long, proud history of reporting on local and statewide elections. Read about the candidates and issues below. Find out which Missouri House, Senate, and Congressional districts you live in by clicking on this interactive map. And search for campaign contributions to candidates and elected officials here.

Michele Skalicky

KSMU talked to voters who had just cast ballots Tuesday at polling sites in Springfield.  We asked why they went to the polls despite the pandemic.

Voter Jack McGee:  "I've just been wanting to, I guess, just get more involved in voting for local and state politics more than just on Election Day every four years."

McGee said yes to expanding Medicaid in Missouri.

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Springfield voters have agreed to impose a 5,000 dollar annual fee on short-term lending businesses, commonly referred to as payday lenders. 

Critics of "payday," or "title" loans say they prey on the poor and reinforce the cycle of poverty. A task force recommended the annual fee to Springfield City Council earlier.

The issue was posed to Springfield voters as "Question 1" on Tuesday, and nearly 57 percent said "yes" to imposing the fee on payday lenders.

After discussing the idea for years, Missouri voters narrowly agreed Tuesday to expand Medicaid — giving roughly 250,000 additional people access to health care.

“This is a big deal,” said Tim McBride, former chair of the oversight committee for Missouri’s Medicaid program and an expansion supporter. “It’s about time. It’s important for the people in the gap population, and it’s a tough time now for the recession and COVID-19.”

The constitutional amendment passed 53% to 47%.

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 To see all Missouri results:

To view the results of all races in the state of Missouri as they come in, click on this website hosted by the Missouri Secretary of State's office.

Then in the drop-down  menu, select State of Missouri - Primary Election August 4, 2020.

Scroll down to find the statewide offices, state House and Senate races, and other items that appeared on the ballot.  There, you can also tally turnout of voters by party.

Michele Skalicky

Voters are heading to the polls today for the August Primary Election.  Polls opened at 6 this morning, and they’ll remain open until 7 tonight.

With one week to go before Missouri’s primary election, faith and civic leaders gathered Tuesday in Springfield to urge voters to say “yes” to two ballot issues.  One would expand Medicaid in Missouri, and the other would impose a $5000 annual fee on new short-term loan businesses in the city of Springfield.

Leaders from Baptist, Methodist and non-denominational church groups said their faith compels them to act justly.  They said the working poor currently don’t have a way to pay for health care and that what they call “predatory lending” traps people in a cycle of debt.

Michele Skalicky

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller reminds voters that they may continue to cast an absentee ballot, in-person, through August 3rd for the August 4th Primary Election.

Voters are eligible to cast an absentee ballot if they are unable to go to their regular polling place on August 4th for reasons allowed by law. 

In-person absentee voters may cast their ballot in the clerk’s office at the Greene County Archives-Elections Center, 1126 N Boonville Ave, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, through August 3, and on Saturday, August 1st from 9am to 1pm.

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The issue of Medicaid Expansion will appear on the statewide Missouri ballot as Amendment 2 in the August 4, 2020 primary election.  Below you can listen to a virtual forum on the ballot issue that was recorded July 21, 2020.

About the Medicaid Expansion forum:

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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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Editor's note:  this article has been updated to reflect a change in one of the forum speakers, as well as an update to one of the groups represented in the forum.  

A virtual forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 will feature experts on both sides of the Medicaid Expansion issue, which will appear on the statewide Missouri ballot as Amendment 2 in the August 4 primary election.

The public can join the forum live via Zoom using this link: https://otc.zoom.us/j/91144597893

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Missouri voters in three state House districts can learn where candidates stand ahead of the Tuesday, August 4 primary election through recorded, virtual forums.  Links to the recorded forums are below. 

The three virtual forums highlight those running for seats in the 130th, 131st and 134th districts in southwest Missouri.    

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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.

Greene County Courthouse
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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.