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[title] Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing presents: All You Need to Know About Voting in Missouri
[signer]: Let’s talk about voting. First of all, accessible voting, absentee ballots, and voter registration.
What exactly is accessible voting? This is something that is granted to local election authorities, including accessible equipment at polling locations and also includes curbside voting.
What exactly is a permanent list? Voter can fill out an application to be put on a permanent list. This means that 10 weeks prior to an election, the voter on this list has mailed an absentee ballot application. Once the document is filled out, it is returned to the local election authority. Once the application is received by the local election authority, they will mail out an absentee ballot to the voter. Once the voter receives the absentee ballot in the mail, they will vote with the ballot, seal it in the envelope, sign the affidavit, sign the envelope, then return that ballot to the local election authority. Here are the steps to do an absentee ballot in 2020. First you’ll need to complete an application to request an absentee ballot. You can do this in person, or by mail, email, or fax. After receiving the ballot, it will be filled out, sent in an envelope, and possibly notarized, if necessary. The third step is to return your ballot to the local election authority.
There are some rules for who is eligible to vote by absentee ballot. First of all, you must be age 60 or older. You must have contracted COVID, and thus are not able to vote in person. There is a list of other qualifications for a person who can’t vote in person.
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You are eligible to vote absentee without a notary if due to:
Incapacity or confinement due to illness
In 2020, has contracted coronavirus or is at-risk due to any of the following:
Age 65 or older
Lives in a long-term care facility
Has chronic lung disease/asthma
Has a serious heart condition
Has chronic kidney disease and is undergoing dialysis
Has liver disease
You’re eligible to vote absentee with a notary if due to:
Religious beliefs or practice
Working as an election worker
Incarceration, if still eligible to vote
Certified participation in an address confidentiality program, pursuant to 589.6600-589.681 RSMo.
Absence on election day from your election jurisdiction
[signer] The deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 21 by 5 p.m. This will need to be sent in by the November 3 election. You can request an absentee ballot in person up until the day before election day, only in person. Ballots may be returned by mail or in person. Your ballot must be received by 7 p.m. on election day. If you’d like to know more about eligibility, read through this list.
Some information on mail-in ballots and who is eligible. If you are eligible, you can send in a request for a mail-in ballot. That will be sent in similar to the last procedure. Make sure that it is done before October 21 at 5 p.m. That’s the deadline to request your mail-in ballot for the November 3 election. Unlike absentee ballots, mail-in ballots must be returned by US Mail.
Some information on voter registration. There are some options to get registered to vote. You can check your eligibility on this site, whether it be absentee, in-person, or mail-in voting. You can request any of these forms; they can be sent to you by fax or mail. There are different avenues to make sure you are registered to vote.
You’ll need to contact your local authority to make sure you are registered to vote. You can do that by visiting this link: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/localelectionauthority
If you have questions, comments or concerns, you can get in touch with Chrissy Peters, whose information is here: 1-800-669-8683 or 573-751-2301, email@example.com.
[title] Presentation courtesy of Chrissy Peters, Directer of Elections, Missouri Secretary of State’s Office. Originally presented to the Governor’s Council on Disability.
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