Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft wants the General Assembly to ban local election workers from helping voters correct mistakes on absentee ballots, a change that could keep some votes from being counted.
The request adds to a growing list of measures advanced by Republicans to alter the state’s election laws, including restoring rules requiring voters to show a photo ID and making it harder to amend the state constitution through ballot measures. Lawmakers failed to pass most proposals earlier this year, but proponents are signaling they will try again in 2022.
The proposals come as GOP legislators indulge lingering conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 presidential election. Missouri Republicans are also keen on curbing Democrats’ success at passing progressive policies through statewide votes. Medicaid expansion, medical marijuana and minimum wage increases have all been approved by voters in recent years.
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Registering to Vote
Who can register
To vote in Missouri you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of Missouri
- be at least 17‑1/2 years of age (you must be 18 to vote)
- not be on probation or parole after conviction of a felony, until finally discharged from such probation or parole
- not be convicted of a felony or misdemeanor connected with the right of suffrage
- not be adjudged incapacitated by any court of law
- not be confined under a sentence of imprisonment
How to register
- Use our Register to Vote form below to fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Sign and date your form. This is very important!
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
- Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.
Election Day registration
Voting Rights restoration
If you have been convicted of a felony and have questions about whether you can register to vote, visit Restore Your Vote to determine your eligibility.
Registration Status (form)
New Registration (form)
Voting as a Student
Learn more from Campus Vote Project about voting for students.
Overseas and Military Voting
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Voting with Disabilities
You may bring anyone you choose to assist you with voting if you cannot read or write, are blind or have some other physical disability and cannot vote your ballot. If you require assistance and do not bring a person to assist you, you are entitled to receive assistance from an election judge. You must request assistance, and upon your request, two election judges from different political parties will assist you. Depending on the number of judges present and voter turnout, there may be a wait for an election judge to assist you.
If you have limited mobility you can vote curbside or outside the polling place. You just need to ask someone at your polling location to have a poll worker bring your ballot out to you.
If you have a physical disability and your polling location is not accessible, you may request a different polling place assignment. Please contact your local election authority for more information.
If you have a question regarding a specific required assistance, please contact your local election authority to determine what assistance is available at your polling place.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
Vote by Mail (Absentee)
Absentee ballot rules
You can vote by absentee ballot in Missouri if:
- you will be absent from your voting jurisdiction on Election Day
- you are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, or caring for an incapacitated person
- you are restricted by religious belief or practice
- you are employed by Election Day authority
- you are incarcerated, but have retained all your voting qualifications
How to get Absentee ballot
- Use our Absentee Ballot form below to prepare your application.
- Sign and date the form. This is very important!
- Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We’ll provide the mailing address for you.
- All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it’s close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
- Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time — simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
- Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.
What to do next
- Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Sign and date where indicated.
- Have a witness or notary sign where indicated.
- Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
- Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Absentee ballot application deadline
- In Person: 1 day before Election Day
- By Mail: 13 days before Election Day
Absentee ballot submission deadline
Absentee Ballot (form)
Elections Alert (Form)
Polling Place Locator
You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.
If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.
Polling Place Hours
The polls will be open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Poll Worker Information
In order to be a poll worker in Missouri, you must:
- Be registered to vote in Missouri
- Be at least 18 years old
- Political affiliation preferred
- Be a resident of the jurisdiction
- Complete required training
- Be entitled to compensation
- Students 15-17 years old must have full time attendance in a Missouri school
To sign up fill out his form or check with your local county board .
Elections & Voting
The Elections Division of the Office of the Secretary of State is responsible for administering all statewide elections, initiative petitions, and making known the rules governing elections and electronic voting systems.
2020 Voting Options
During the August primary and November general elections in 2020, Missouri voters will be eligible to cast ballots by mail with notarization of the ballot envelope, and voters in at-risk categories for contracting or transmitting COVID-19 are eligible to vote by absentee ballot without obtaining notarization. A two-page summary of your options is linked below, and links to the revised absentee application and mail-in ballot application are available below.
Secretary of State
John R. (Jay) Ashcroft is Missouri’s 40th Secretary of State, elected in November 2016. In each year of elected statewide office, he has visited every one of Missouri’s 114 counties and met with local election officials, library executives and business owners to promote the Office’s services and learn how he can help improve elections and support Missouri libraries and businesses.
Secretary Ashcroft leads an office with more than 200 employees, taking an active role in its administration. He has fought to make changes to his budget to provide transparency.
Secretary Ashcroft’s background in education, engineering, data protection and the law has provided him a unique perspective on election security and has helped shape the forward-thinking efforts of his office.
He is an active member of the National Association of Secretaries of State, and is on the executive committee of NASS. Secretary Ashcroft spearheaded the first National Election Security Summit, held in St. Louis. For the summit, he coordinated a program that included national election security experts, local experts from all over the country and a keynote address from Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Election officials from 25 states and a bipartisan group of ten secretaries of state attended the event.
Ashcroft’s Securities Division has aggressively investigated securities fraud, working to obtain restitution for victims of unregistered or dishonest individuals and firms. He created the Vulnerable Citizens Services Unit within the division, focused on protecting seniors and other vulnerable populations from investment fraud.
Ashcroft has continued to promote the Safe at Home address confidentiality program, which assists nearly 2,000 survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, rape and other heinous crimes. His office has developed outreach programs and training to more widely disseminate information about the program to agencies that help victims of abuse. In Washington, D.C., he worked with federal lawmakers to help them introduce national Safe at Home protections.
While in office, Ashcroft has become an advocate in the Capitol to increase funding for public libraries, which receive grants through the Secretary of State’s State Library. He has visited libraries all over Missouri, meeting with library directors and staff to better meet their needs.
Ashcroft has worked to modernize the Office of the Secretary of State’s operating systems, statutes and administrative rules.