You have a few more days to request an absentee or mail-in ballot for Aug. 4. Here’s how
Missouri voters have just a few more days to ask local election officials for absentee or mail-in ballots.
The deadline to get request forms filled out and turned is 5 p.m. Wednesday.
You can get a request form for a mail-in ballot, which is available to all voters, in two ways.
The simplest way is likely to go to your county clerk’s office and fill a form out there. In Greene County, you can do that at the clerk's office in the Historic Courthouse, 940 N. Boonville Ave., or the Elections Center, 1126 N. Boonville Ave. Both are in Springfield.
You can also download a form at https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionGoVoteMissouri//2020FillableBallotApplication.pdf and then either drop it off with your clerk or mail it in.
If you’re returning the form in Greene County, you’ll need to drop it off at the clerk's office or mail it to “940 N. Boonville Ave., Room 113, Springfield, MO 65802.”
Those looking to vote absentee, which requires having one of seven legal excuses listed below, can request their ballots in several ways.
Where to get absentee/mail-in-ballot
The simplest way is likely to go to your county clerk’s office and fill a form out there.
You can also download a form at https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionGoVoteMissouri//2020FillableBallotApplication.pdf and return it in-person or via mail, email or fax.
In Greene County, that means:
- dropping off your form at the clerk's office
- mailing your form to "County Clerk, 940 N. Boonville Ave., Room 113, Springfield, MO 65802”;
- emailing your form to email@example.com; or
- faxing your form to 417-868-4170.
You can also request an absentee ballot by writing a letter to "County Clerk, 940 N. Boonville Ave., Room 113, Springfield, MO 65802," with the following information:
- Your full name
- Voter registration number, if you know it
- The excuse in state law you're using
- Your home address
- The address where you want the ballot sent, if it's different than your home address
- Your phone number and/or email address
- Your signature
You can also send a relative within the second degree by blood or marriage to the clerk's office to request an absentee ballot for you.
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Legal excuses for absentee ballots
To vote absentee, you must have one of seven legal excuses, which are as follows:
- You'll be outside the county on Election Day;
- You're incapacitated or confined "due to illness or physical disability," or you're primarily responsible for taking care of a person who is;
- Your religious belief or practice;
- You work as an election authority or as a member of an election authority, or you'll be working for an election authority at a location other than your polling place;
- You're incarcerated, provided you remain qualified to vote;
- You're a participant in the state's address confidentiality program due to safety concerns.
Excuse No. 7, which is only valid this year, applies to those who have contracted COVID-19 or who meet at-risk criteria defined as:
- You're 65 or older;
- You live in a long-term care facility;
- You have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;
- You have serious heart conditions;
- You're immunocompromised;
- You have diabetes;
- You have chronic kidney disease and you're undergoing dialysis; or
- You have liver disease.
Notably, once ballots are sent out, those who qualify to use the second or seventh excuse can return them without having to visit a notary.
All other absentee and mail-in voters must get their ballot envelopes notarized before returning them to election authorities.