Shane Schoeller

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Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller is being asked by some group leaders to rescind his directive to deploy law enforcement officers to polling locations Tuesday.

The first request came in an email sent to Schoeller Sunday by the Advancement Project, a multi-racial civil rights organization.

Voters
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Greene County Sheriff’s deputies will be on scene at various polling locations Election Day wearing plain clothes, a badge and a concealed weapon.

That’s according to County Clerk Shane Schoeller, who says the decision is in response to safety concerns expressed by voters and election judges “due to the tension and conflict they have witnessed or experienced related to this election cycle.”

Schoeller says he made the request to Sheriff Jim Arnott, who agreed.

Greene County Courthouse
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Those not yet registered to vote or who’ve recently established residency in Missouri have until Wednesday in order to vote in the general election.

In Greene County, you can register to vote or update your registration record in person at the County Clerk’s office or any Springfield-Greene County Library branch.

Mail-in registrations will also be accepted if they are postmarked by Wednesday. They can be found here.

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For the first time in nearly three decades, Greene County will have a new clerk. KSMU’s Julie Greene attended Tuesday’s GOP watch party in Springfield and has this report.

Republican Shane Schoeller says he’ll have big shoes to fill as current clerk Richard Struckhoff steps down at the end of the year. The former speaker pro tem of the Missouri House of Representatives says he’d first like to put together a citizen’s advisory group.

Schoeller and Aton campaign websites

With two weeks before the November 4th general election, Republican Shane Schoeller and Democrat Rusty Aton prepare to build upon their cases for Greene County’s new clerk in a debate this evening. KSMU’s Julie Greene has more.

A major key within the county clerk’s office is making sure all eligible voters have the opportunity and information they need to vote. It’s one aspect of the job both candidates say they’ll work to address if elected.