August primary to feature new voting machines and new central polling location in Greene County

Published: Jul. 31, 2018 at 4:24 PM CDT
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At least one brand new touchscreen voting machine will be in use at every polling place this coming Tuesday, August 7, in Greene County. There will also be a central polling location available to all registered voters on the campus of Missouri State University.

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said the new machines are easy to use. You will also get a paper printout of your vote to make sure everything is correct.

"Being able to have that physical paper ballot I think is always something we want to be able to give the voter, and this express vote does exactly that," Schoeller said.

Election judges were on hand Tuesday afternoon, one week before the primary, to test out the equipment for themselves. There are 105 machines total, but at most every polling place you will still have the option to vote the old-fashioned way.

"I want to make sure every voter feels confident when they cast their ballot that their vote is being counted exactly as they mark the ballot," Schoeller said.

The county has some 99 different ballots this year according to Schoeller. Those will go out to the 78 total polling places including a brand one on the campus of Missouri State.

"Any voter in Greene County, if they're not able to get to the polling location for example at the end of the day, they can go to the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center, and they'll be able to use the express vote," Schoeller said of the MSU voting location.

The Davis-Harrington Welcome Center is just off National and will feature all electronic equipment.

Absentee ballots in Greene County can be cast through Monday in person at 1126 N. Boonville in Springfield. Wednesday is the last day to request a mail-in ballot.