Getting to the Polls and Absentee Voting

GETTING TO THE POLLS

The website of the Missouri Secretary of State (www.sos.mo.gov) includes detailed information on how to get to the polls. The information below reiterates some (but not all) of the information provided by the Secretary of State.

Registration Qualifications

– 18 years of age by Election Day

– U.S. Citizen

– Missouri Resident

No person shall be entitled to vote:

– While confined under a sentence of imprisonment;

– While on probation or parole after the conviction of a felony; or

– After conviction of a felony or misdemeanor connected with voting or the right of suffrage.

Voter Information Lookup

The Missouri Secretary of State’s website offers a Voter Information Lookup service. By completing this brief form, you can verify whether you are registered to vote and find out where your polling place is.

Where to Register to Vote

Missourians can register to vote:

– By filling out the Missouri Voter Registration Application

– At the office of the local election authority – Local Election Authority

Contact Information (http://www.sos.mo.gov/firstvote/elec_auth.asp)

– At any Department of Motor Vehicles office, or state agency providing a service to the public (WIC, Social Services, etc.)

 

Absentee Voting

The Missouri Secretary of State provides detailed information on absentee voting. The information provided below discusses some, but not all, of this information.

Registered Missourians who will not be able to go to their polling place on Election Day may vote absentee beginning six weeks prior to an election.

Absentee voters must provide one of the following reasons for voting absentee:

1. Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote;

2. Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability;

3. Religious belief or practice;

4. Employment as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than such voter’s polling place;

5. Incarceration provided all qualifications for voting are retained. Voters can request absentee ballots from their local election authority in person or by fax. Faxed absentee ballot requests should be submitted to the appropriate local election authority. Relatives within the first degree (parents and children) may complete an absentee ballot application, in person, on behalf of the voter who wishes to vote absentee. DO NOT SEND ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE. ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS MUST BE SENT TO THE APPROPRIATE LOCAL ELECTION AUTHORITY BYTHE DEADLINE IN ORDER TO BE VALID.

Find contact information for local election authorities and an absentee ballot application forms at the links below.

Local Election Authority Contact Information (http:/www.sos.mo.gov/firstvote/elec_auth.asp)

Request for Missouri Absentee Ballot Form (http://www.sos.mo.gov/forms/elections/absentee. pdf)

Mail in or faxed absentee ballot requests must be received by the election authority no later than 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to any election. Voters can vote by absentee in the office of the local election authority until 5 p.m. the night before the election.

Voters requesting an absentee ballot by mail who have registered by mail and have not voted in person are required to submit a copy oftheir personal identification unless they provided a copy with their registration application. You can find additional information for military and overseas voters online at the section labeled Military/Overseas Voters.

 

 

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