by Michael Boyinkfirstname.lastname@example.org
Local poll workers reported a steady stream of voters coming into polling locations around Ava on Tuesday morning.
Workers at both the American Legion Hall and Senior Center said there were people lined up and waiting at 6:00 a.m. when they came in to open the polls.
By mid-morning, polls were still seeing a steady stream of traffic, but voters were able to get a ballot without waiting.
While in-person voting was easy here in Ava, state-wide many residents opted to mail their ballots instead.
According to Secretary of State John Ashcroft, by November 1st 60,173 mail-In ballots had been requested, 816,756 absentee ballots were requested, and 827,978 ballots had already been returned to local election authorities.
For comparison, in 2016, Missouri voters returned 282,150 absentee ballots.
This is the first year Missourians could vote by mail, a procedure put in place to protect residents from spreading COVID-19.
The state also provided measures for residents who had already tested positive for COVID-19, or were suffering from other injuries or illnesses that incapacitated them.