2020 Missouri Elections FAQ

Missouri enacted mail-in ballots for 2020. What does this mean?

Will I be able to vote in 2020 without going to the polls?

Yes:

  • You can vote via mail-in ballot for any reason.
  • You can vote an absentee ballot if you meet the following conditions:
    • You will be unable to cast a ballot because you will not be in the county where you live;
    • You are confined due to illness or physically caring for someone who is confined due to illness;
    • Your religion conflicts with your ability to go to the polls;
    • You are an election worker who will be working the polls on election day;
    • You are incarcerated but still entitled to vote;
    • You are in a protection program where your address is confidential;
    • You have contracted Covid-19 or at risk of contracting Covid-19 and it is 2020. You are considered at risk of contracting Covid-19 if:
      • You are 65 or older;
      • You are in long-term care;
      • You have chronic lung conditions or asthma;
      • You have serious heart conditions;
      • You are immune compromised;
      • You have diabetes
      • You have kidney disease and are on dialysis; or
      • You have liver disease

Will I have to get my ballot notarized?

Yes, unless you are voting absentee because you are confined or caring for someone who is confined due to illness, or if you meet the qualifications for voting absentee because of Covid-19.

A notary cannot charge a fee for notarizing an absentee ballot. A notary can charge a fee for notarizing a mail-in ballot.

How do I get an absentee ballot?

You have to apply in person or by mail, electronically, or by fax. You have to state the reason for requesting an absentee ballot.

How do I get a mail-in ballot?

You have to apply in person at the election board or by mail. Your application must state your name, the address where you are registered, and the address where your ballot should be sent.

Can I apply for a ballot for someone else?

Only for someone who you are a guardian for or for someone you are related to within the second degree. (This is true for both absentee and mail-in ballots.)

What is the deadline for requesting a ballot?

5:00 PM on the second Wednesday before the election; but if applying in-person for an absentee ballot, you can apply by 5:00 PM on the day before the election.

  • For the June 2, 2020 election, you must request your ballot by May 20. The absentee ballot is the only ballot available for this election if you do not vote in person.
  • For the August 4, 2020 election, you must request your ballot by July 22.
  • For the November 3, 2020 election, you must request your ballot by October 21.

What is the deadline for returning a ballot?

The Election Board must receive your ballot by 7:00 PM on the day of the election. Mail-in ballots must be mailed; they cannot be returned in person.