By Jeff Neagle
This year’s primary election voting will be a little different than in years past, thanks to the COVID-19 virus.
In person voting will take place over 14 days this month to allow citizens plenty of time to get to the single polling station. Beginning Monday, June 8, the Adair County Annex Building on the Public Square in Columbia will open the basement for voting. Again, this will be the only polling location in the county for the election. Voters from the numerous precincts located around the county will all come to the Annex basement for voting.
The polls will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Monday June 8 to Monday June 22. On Saturday, June 13 and June 20, polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
There are no appointments necessary, walk-in voting will be available if you choose to vote in person.
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 23. The Annex basement will be open for voting on that day for the usual election day times, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer had some advice for those looking to cast a ballot in person. “I would recommend they come in to vote before election day. Since the Annex basement is the only polling place in the county, we would expect there may be long lines that day. With the booth open for so many days, the best bet would be to get in early for in-person voting.”
Greer said there will be four precinct workers on duty each day through June 22, then on election day the number will be doubled to eight to help with the expected increase in voters.