Deadline looms to request SE Missouri absentee ballots

Voters in southeast Missouri are running out of time to request absentee ballots by mail or fax for next month’s congressional election.

The special election to replace Republican Jo Ann Emerson in the 8th Congressional District takes place June 4. Emerson gave up her seat in the U.S. House to lead a national association of rural electric cooperatives.

Secretary of State Jason Kander says voters unable to go the polls June 4 have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, to get applications for absentee ballots to their local election authority.

Absentee ballots may be cast at county clerks’ offices through June 3.

The four candidates in the race are Republican Jason Smith, Democrat Steve Hodges, Libertarian Bill Slantz and Constitution Party member Doug Enyart.

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