Clerk’s office busy Monday with absentee voting, calls

Les and Cynthia Bushmann cast their absentee ballots Monday in the hallway outside the Cole County Clerk’s office. Cole County residents unavailable to vote in person today were able to vote up until Monday late afternoon at the clerk’s office.

Les and Cynthia Bushmann cast their absentee ballots Monday in the hallway outside the Cole County Clerk’s office. Cole County residents unavailable to vote in person today were able to vote up until Monday late afternoon at the clerk’s office. Photo by Julie Smith.

From the time they opened to the time they closed Monday, business was brisk in Cole County Clerk Marvin Register’s office. His staff reported a steady stream of people walking in to cast absentee ballots or calling the office to find out what they needed to do before today’s elections.

As of Monday afternoon, 4,275 absentee votes had been cast. In the 2008 presidential election, 4,662 absentee ballots were cast in Cole County. Absentee voting in person at Register’s office ended Monday afternoon at 5 p.m., but absentee ballots can be received until 7 p.m. today — the same time the polls close.

Register did note, with road work continuing on Jefferson City's East McCarty Street, those who vote at the Rural Electric Cooperative office, 2722 E. McCarty St., still can access the site using an alternate route. East McCarty east of St. Louis Road is open.

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