Polk County voters will have the chance to make their votes count at the upcoming primary election set for Tuesday, Aug. 7, as two contested races come to the forefront.

Voters will have the chance to decide one particularly heated race. The county's top spot is up for grabs as Republican incumbent Shannon Hancock faces off against opponent Rex Austin, current southern commissioner, for the presiding commissioner seat.

Shirley Mae Allison and Tracy Mason, both Republican candidates, are vying to become Polk County's next treasurer, as the current office holder, Vonna Jones, is not running for reelection.

Because no Democrats filed for the offices, both the presiding commissioner and treasurer primary elections will serve as final decisions.

Proposition A  

Voters will also have a chance to vote on one ballot measure, Missouri's Proposition A – Right to Work referendum.

A "yes" vote is to uphold the contested legislation, Senate Bill 19, which would enact a right-to-work law to mandate that no person can be required to join a labor union or pay dues to a labor union as a condition of employment. A "no" vote is to overturn the contested legislation.  

Missouri's Proposition A was originally passed and signed by the governor in 2017. It appears on the ballot as a veto referendum.

Absentee voting open Saturday

The Polk County Clerk’s office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 4, for those wishing to cast absentee ballots for the Aug. 7 primary election.

The office is also open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., including the lunch hour, Monday through Friday for absentee voting.

The deadline for casting an absentee ballot in person at the county clerk’s office is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, the day before the election.

For questions regarding registering or voting, contact the Polk County Clerk’s office at 326-4031.

Voting machine testing

The Polk County Clerk’s office recently held a public pre-testing of the Op-Tech voting machines for the upcoming primary election on Thursday, July 26, at the Polk County Road & Bridge Complex conference room.

Polk County Clerk Melinda Robertson said no problems arose during this year’s pre-test.

Public post-testing of the machines will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the same location.

All candidates and the public are invited to attend.

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