With a primary election coming up in August and a general election in November, Morris City Manager Blaine Hill asked residents on the KMRS Community Connection to go online to the Secretary of State’s office and apply for an absentee ballot.
“We’re going to encourage everybody in the city of Morris to vote absentee,” said Hill. “We’re required to staff polling places. Our judges tend to be retired people, some older people. We’re trying to figure out the best way to protect our people during this COVID virus. I know people want to vote in polling places. But the rules and regulations to set up a polling place to be able to safely bring people and let them vote — it’s very complicated. So the easiest thing to do is to not show up at a polling place.”
Hill said the city was not allowed to go to a mailed-in balloting system and noted that Morris is the only polling place in Stevens County that won’t be doing mailed-in ballots.