CARROLL COUNTY, Mo. — Citizens of Carroll County will head to the polls next month to pick a replacement for Hon. Joe Don McGaugh, who resigned his seat in the Missouri House of Representatives in November to assume the associate circuit judgeship for Missouri’s 6th Circuit Court.

McGaugh’s mother, the current Carroll County Clerk Peggy McGaugh, will be the Republican candidate facing off against against Democratic challenger and current Carrollton Police Officer Ethan Perkinson.

Applications for absentee ballots may be made by mail or in person at the Carroll County Clerk’s Office at the Carroll County courthouse in Carrollton during regular courthouse business hours. Missouri law does not allow requesting ballots by phone.

The final day to register to vote in the election is Wednesday, January 10. The last day to request an absentee ballot through a parent or guardian for students who are away at school or otherwise must be made in person at the court house by Wednesday, January 31.

Extended office hours for absentee voting will be Saturday, February 3 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The last day to vote absentee in the special election is Monday, February 5 at 5:00 p.m.

The Carroll County special election will be held February 6 with KMZU News providing special, comprehensive coverage.