In the last hour of the 2020 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly approved changes to the absentee ballot process. SB631 establishes a COVID-19 excuse to request a mail-in ballot in the August and November elections, but voters using that excuse will have to have their ballots notarized. Only voters over 65 or with one of the underlying health issues identified by the CDC can use the illness excuse that doesn’t require a notary.
Several voting jurisdictions are allowing voters to request an absentee ballot for the June 2 election with the one excuse that doesn’t require a notary: confinement due to illness or injury. The Missouri League and NAACP filed a lawsuit to allow all Missouri voters to use that excuse.
Voters can apply to be on the permanently-disabled list to receive an absentee ballot application before each election and have the notary requirement waived. Contact your local election authority for more information,
Click here for the form to request an absentee ballot up to six weeks before an election. Completed ballots must be received by 7 pm on Election Day.
Click here for contact information on Local Election Authorities.
Click here for a How To Video on requesting an absentee ballot.
Local Elections: June 2, 2020
Deadline to register is still March 11 with a May 20 deadline to request an absentee ballot. VOTE411.org now has information on candidates and ballot issues for the municipal election originally scheduled for April 7.
Primary: August 4, 2020
Deadline to register is July 8.
General Election: November 3, 2020
Deadline to register is October 7.