Missouri municipal elections pushed from April to June due to COVID-19

KMBZ News Staff
March 20, 2020 - 7:20 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Concerns about the effects of COVID-19 on Missouri's April elections turnout has resulted in an unprecedented delay of the April municipal elections. 

President Donald Trump this week said he's now a wartime president, and it's beginning to feel more and more like all facets of American life are shutting down, even those most sacred to the Republic.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has delayed the April municipal elections in Missouri at the request of Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Missouri's top elections official. Ashcroft told KMBZ as Coronavirus continues to spread, he and the governor felt as though the state was left without much of a choice. 

"You know, it wasn't a decision we took lightly. We don't like moving elections, " "But as we were looking at the potential problems; a lack of poll workers, a lack of polling locations and working through how to deal with that, we could just see that those problems were getting worse."

The new date for the April election is now June 2. If voters have already submitted an absentee ballot, it will still be counted on the new election day, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot has been pushed back to May 20.

Secretary Ashcroft added that while state officials don't want to get ahead of themselves, they are looking ahead to Missouri's next round of elections in August and November. 

"We obviously have to focus on the June 2 election, but we're having conversations about August and November," Ashcroft said. "Those are elections that shouldn't be moved, that need to be on those days."

One thing that is certain? We will be heading to the polls in November. Ashcroft said that as long as he's Secretary of State, there's no way he would delay a presidential election, no matter what.

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