Ashcroft delivers supplies for election

ELECTION SUPPORT — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, right, delivers personal protective equipment and other supplies to Warren County Clerk Denise Stotler, left, for use by election judges. Assisting Ashcroft, at center, is staff member Harry Roberts. Adam Rollins photo.
Adam Rollins
Staff Writer

Missouri Secretary of State John “Jay” Ashcroft delivered personal protective equipment, sanitizing supplies and other material to the Warren County Clerk’s Office Friday to help provide for safe and sanitary elections in June.

Warren County was one of 11 stops Ashcroft made May 15 as part of a statewide effort to secure elections against COVID-19. Municipal elections in April were postponed until June 2 during the initial response to the virus.

While delivering things like face masks, bottles of sanitizing alcohol and posters asking voters to stay 6 feet apart, Ashcroft said these elections will help inform any additional measures that need to be taken in the future.

Ashcroft said Holladay Distillery in Weston, Mo., donated bottles of sanitizing alcohol that are being distributed with the supplies.

“We ordered it, we were planning to pay for it, and they rejected payment,’” Ashcroft said. “They donated enough for every election authority in the state.”

Ashcroft said election authorities around the state have all been getting prepared for the June 2 elections, and that he’s confident they’ve taken the necessary steps to keep elections healthy and safe.

“The thing I’ve been most concerned about is (staffing) poll workers, and what I’m hearing is ‘We’ve lost a couple, but we’re OK,’” Ashcroft commented.

Warren County Clerk Denise Stotler said his description holds true in Warren County.

“We told (poll workers) that we’re supplying a lot of stuff for them. Some didn’t want to do it, which is fine. The majority didn’t have an issue,” Stotler said.

She said the supplies from Ashcroft will be added to protective equipment the county has already procured for its election workers.

Ashcroft said his office will distribute up to 19,000 more masks and additional hand sanitizer ahead of state and county primary elections in August.

The biggest election challenge is yet to come, with the U.S. presidential and congressional elections in November. June’s smaller elections will serve as a test run, Ashcroft said.

“It gives us the opportunity to test this out and say, ‘What worked well, what would we refine?’” he said.



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