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Boone County Clerk: mail-in, absentee, voting increasing

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 1:12 pm

County Clerk Brianna Lennon to temporarily double 

office staff for November election

More people are voting by mail than before and there is no evidence of voter fraud in Boone County.

That was part of the message Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon’s 18-member audience at the Centralia United Methodist Church heard August 27 at the Centralia Kiwanis Club’s lunch meeting.

By October, her staff will have doubled to 20, she said, in anticipation of the November election.

She opened her talk by explaining law regarding absentee and mail-in ballots as modified by Missouri Governor Mike Parsons. “There have been some law changes this election cycle that really impact people’s voting options. . . Be sure to check your sample ballot in the mail, we are sending those out earlier than normal to make sure everyone has time to review what’s on the ballot, what their voting options are, and where their polling places are.”

Brianna Lennon, Boone County clerk, holding a sample mail-in ballot application

Absentee voting has been expanded, but she also tried to clarify the new difference between absentee and mail-in ballots.’”

“It can be confusing. Before the law changed, if you heard the term mail-in ballot, it really meant an absentee ballot. This law did add another [COVID-19 specific] excuse to vote absentee, but it also created a new “mail-in ballot” option.”

The absentee reasons she mentioned include:

• Being out of town;

• Having a disability or permanent injury; or

• if you were going to be a poll worker. “All of those are valid reasons. The law added a seventh excuse: if you are at-risk for contracting or transmitting…

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.