Vote by Mail in 2020 Elections

The Missouri General Assembly expanded mail-in voting for 2020 elections but voters are finding the rules to be confusing. Healthy voters under age 65 can request a mail-in ballot in the August and November elections, but voters using that excuse will have to have their ballots notarized and return it by mail before Election Day.

Voters over 65 or with one of the underlying health issues identified by the CDC can request an absentee ballot using either Excuse 2 (confined due to illness) or a new Excuse #7. Voters requesting absentee ballots for most non-health reasons will need to have their signature notarized. The Missouri League and NAACP are awaiting a decision in our lawsuit to waive the notary requirement for all absentee ballots in 2020 elections.

Allow up to 10 days for mail delivery. Thousands of absentee ballots were rejected in the August primary because they weren’t notarized or arrived after Aug. 4. Click here for more information on the mail-in voting options.

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. 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.

General Election: November 3, 2020
Deadline to register is October 7.

This Register & Vote Brochure provides more information on registering and voting in Missouri. For unbiased information on candidates and ballot measures, go to VOTE411.org before each election.

To learn about a campaign by Rural Organizing.org to fight social media disinformation in rural areas, click here.

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