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.