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Absentee voting opens at county offices

Absentee voting for the April 2 general election is now underway, with registered voters who are expected to be prevented from going to their polling place on election day able to vote at the county’s Jackson and Cape Girardeau offices.

Voters who provide one of the approved reasons to vote by absentee can vote in-person at the Cape Girardeau County Administrative Building at 1 Barton Square in Jackson or at the county’s satellite office at 2311 Bloom-field Road in Cape Girardeau.

In-person absentee voting will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voters can also request an absentee ballot be mailed to them through March 20.

No-excuse absentee voting will begin on March 19 and will continue through April 1. Both county offices will be open for absentee voting from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 30, and will be open until 5 p.m. on April 1.

The deadline to register to vote in the April 2 election is March 6. The countywide sample ballot is available on the county clerk’s website.

In addition, candidate filing for county positions for the Aug. 6 primary election began on Tuesday. Candidate filing will be open through March 26.

At the county level, the positions of District 1 associate commissioner, District 2 associate commissioner, sheriff, assessor, treasurer, public administrator and coroner will be up for election.

County Clerk Kara Clark Summers said the county would not be involved in the presidential candidate primary this year.

“We are not holding an election for that, per the legislature,” Summers said. “The Democratic Party, the Republican Party and the Libertarian Party are all holding their own selection processes.”

Summers reached out to each politial party, who provided more information for the website.

The Cape Girardeau County Republican Party will hold its presidential primary caucus on Saturday, March 2, at the A.C. Brase Arena Building in Cape Girardeau’s Arena Park. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the caucus will be called to order at 10 a.m.

To participate in the caucus, registrants must be a Cape Girardeau County registered voter as of Feb. 24.

For more information, contact Matt Henson with the Cape Girardeau County Republican Central Committee at, visit the Facebook page “Cape Girardeau County Republican Central Committee” or visit the Missouri Republican Party website at

The Cape Girardeau County Democratic Central Committee will host an in-person polling place for the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 23, at the Shawnee Park Center activity room, located at 835 S. West End Blvd. in Cape Girardeau.

Mail-in ballots can also be requested from the Missouri Democratic Party through March 12. Mail-in ballots must be returned to the MDP by 10 a.m. on March 23.

Voting in the Democratic primary election is open to all voters who are not registered as affiliated Republicans and are registered to vote by Feb. 21.

For more information, visit the Missouri Democrats website at or contact Cape Girardeau County Democratic Central Committee Chairperson Andy Leighton at

The Missouri Libertarian Party held its selection process during its state convention on Feb. 24. State delegates will attend a national convention in May, where a presidential candidate will be chosen.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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