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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Fifth Ward voters to have different polling site

  • Fifth Ward voters in Hannibal will be casting ballots in a different location during Missouri’s Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary election.
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  • Fifth Ward voters in Hannibal will be casting ballots in a different location during Missouri’s Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary election.
    Typically Ward 5 voters cast their ballots at the National Guard Armory, but because of a site conflict involving the U.S. 61 South location, it will not be available for public use this coming Tuesday.
    “The Armory will be holding a military training that week and has asked that voting be moved for this election as there will not be room available for voting on that day,” said Valerie Dornberger, Marion County clerk.
    For Tuesday’s election only, Ward 5 voters will be asked to cast their ballots at American Legion Post 55, located at 3681 Highway MM.
    “We already have voting taking place at the Legion,” said Dornberger. “It’s the closest voting site to the Fifth Ward, in fact it borders it, so it works out good.”
    Around 4,200 voters could be turning out at the Legion on Tuesday, according to Dornberger, noting there are 1,692 registered voters in Ward 5 and 2,574 in the Sixth Ward.
    “Voters may have a short wait if we have a heavy turnout, but I don’t think that will be the case, although I hope I’m wrong,” she said.
    Dornberger’s anticipation of a lighter turnout is based on the number of absentee ballots that have been cast.
    “For an August primary election we would typically have 700 absentee votes cast, but as of right now we have gotten only approximately 300,” she said. “I don’t know what to attribute that to because we have some primary races and five constitutional amendments on the ballot.”
    As of Friday, Dornberger was anticipating a voter turnout in Marion County of between 20 and 25 percent.
    “On election day maybe we’ll have more people show up to vote in person instead of voting by absentee ballot,” she said.
    Regarding Tuesday’s Ward 5 change, Dornberger has sent out letters to all the registered voters in the Fifth Ward. The county clerk has also sought the local media’s help in getting the word out.
    “I would think that’s good enough,” she said, adding that some of the letters sent out were returned to her office. “Hopefully everyone hears about the change.”
    For those who haven’t heard about the change, Dornberger plans to have signs posted at the National Guard Armory on Election Day with information on where voters need to go in order to vote.  

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