Library Center designated as first satellite site for No-Excuse Absentee Voting

The Springfield-Greene County Library Center has been set as Greene County's first and only satellite site for No-Excuse Absentee Voting for the April 4 election.

No-Excuse Absentee Voting will be available at the Library Center Tuesday, March 28 through Friday, March 31 and Monday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the auditorium. The Library Center is located at 4653 S. Campbell Ave.

No-Excuse Absentee Voting allows registered voters to cast an absentee vote without having to declare a reason, for two weeks prior to the election.

"The office wanted to extend an additional location to Greene County voters at a well-known, accessible location that people are familiar with," Greene County Clerk Shane Scholler said in a news release.

Voting will be conducted the same as at a traditional polling place. Voters are required to show a photo ID, such as a driver's license, non-driver's license, military photo ID or passport.

The courthouse will also offer No-Excuse Absentee Voting Tuesday, March 21 through Monday, April 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What is No-Excuse Absentee Voting?

No-Excuse Absentee Voting, a part of House Bill 1878, was passed during the 2022 legislative session and went into effect on Aug. 28, 2022. Previously, registered voters who wished to cast an absentee vote needed a reason to do so.

House Bill 1878 also requires all Missouri voters to present a non-expired photo ID to vote, does not allow people to be paid for helping others register to vote and removes all Direct Recording Electronic Voting Equipment by 2024, which is only used in one county.

This article originally appeared on Springfield News-Leader: Library Center hosts No-Excuse Absentee Voting for April 4 election