Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Source: US State of Missouri
For immediate release: March 11, 2020
Contact: Maura Browning, Communications Director
Ashcroft Thanks Poll Workers and Election Officials for Great Work During Presidential Preference Primary
Jefferson City, Mo. — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft thanked election officials from Missouri’s 116 election jurisdictions and their thousands of poll workers as the heroes of the Presidential Preference Primary. Among the state’s 114 county clerk offices and two city Boards of Elections, local election staff and poll workers are divided among more than 3,600 precincts across the state.
“Poll workers, election officials and their staff work very long hours under stressful conditions and always deal with a variety of complications throughout the day,” Ashcroft said. “Since the election in November 2018, county election staffs and boards of elections have been preparing for the Presidential Preference Primary. From maintaining and expanding their cybersecurity protections to recruiting and training poll workers, this day belongs to the people who are on the front lines protecting our right to vote.”
“Statewide, election offices and polling places – some overnight – had to implement changes as a result of facility closings due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) or due to unexpected events. In Kansas City, officials seamlessly set up a polling place and transferred equipment to a temporary facility due to the closure of a senior living facility. In St. Louis, officials worked quickly to negate any effect on voters at a polling location that was struck by an automobile. I want to thank each and every person who worked on Missouri’s election yesterday, and encourage more Missourians to assist our state in protecting everyone’s right to vote by being a poll worker,” Ashcroft said.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.