‘Sticker shock’ coming to Jackson County poll locations

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Posted at 1:00 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 14:52:31-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County voters can expect “sticker shock” at the polls next week.

That’s because voters won’t be receiving the usual “I Voted” stickers that has become ubiquitous every election day.

Additional changes are coming for the June 2 election, which was postponed from April 7 by executive order amid statewide stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Voters across the county will want to read a letter sent this week from the Jackson County Election Board closely, as many polling places have changed for casting a ballot next week.

Among the precautions necessary to conduct the election amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jackson County Election Board has consolidated from more than 130 poll locations to 43 for the June 2 election. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Poll workers will wear masks and gloves and hand sanitizer will be available at polling sites. Social distancing will be enforced and frequently touched surfaces will be regularly disinfected.

Voters — who will see a range of sales tax and bond levy questions in addition to municipal races — will also receive a pen or stylus to use and keep rather than the traditional “I Voted” stickers.

Curbside voting will also be available for those who’d prefer not to enter the building.

Voters unable to cast a ballot next week may vote absentee from at the Jackson County Election Board Office, 215 N. Liberty St. in Independence. Hours for absentee voting are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.