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Secretary of State stops in Hannibal to talk voting options during pandemic

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The Missouri primary is less than a month away, and state officials want all voters to know they have options to keep them safe from COVID-19 exposure in the primary next month and beyond.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft made a stop at the Hannibal airport Tuesday to talk about how voting options have expanded.

He said now voters may cast an absentee ballot if they have coronavirus or are in an at-risk category.

Ashcroft said the best way to make sure your vote is counted is still voting in person, which is why they're working to make it safe as possible.

"It's having poll workers that are trained how to do contactless check in and have people get their ballot, it's having people set up Plexiglas shields, essentially sneeze guards on steroids if you will, it's all that and just spreading people out, we've seen that that works," said Ashcroft.

Ashcroft said so far there haven't been any data to show voting with these precautions is associated with increases in cases.

Another part of those changes include now any registered voter can request a mail-in ballot.

Click here for more information on expanded voting options

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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