Governor Moves April 7 Election to June 02, 2020
MARCH 18, 2020
JEFFERSON CITY - Pursuant to Governor Mike Parson's Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and a request from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Governor Parson today signed Executive Order 20-03 ordering all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020, to be postponed to June 2, 2020.
The Executive Order declares that ballots already printed for the April 7 election may be used at the postponed date of June 2. Voters who have attained the age of 18 by April 7 will be allowed to cast a ballot.
"Given the growing concern surrounding COVID-19 and the large number of people elections attract, postponing Missouri's municipal elections is a necessary step to help combat the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of Missouri voters," Governor Parson said. "Postponing an election is not easy, but we are all in this together. We are thankful to Secretary Ashcroft and our 116 election authorities for their leadership, cooperation, and commitment to doing what is best for their communities during this time."
"I deeply appreciate Governor Parson's quick approval and am thankful to the local election authorities - your county clerks and boards of election - who have worked through developing health concerns to find a unified and secure means of implementing our next election," Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said. "Missouri has 116 separate election authorities, almost all who are elected in their own right, and we have come together to help protect Missouri voters. These are difficult times, but I am grateful for how we have responded, worked together and come to a resolution that helps every single Missouri voter."
Section 44.100, RSMo, provides that during a state of emergency, the Governor is authorized to "waive or suspend the operation of any statutory requirement or administrative rule prescribing procedures for conducting state business, where strict compliance with such requirements and rules would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action by the department of health and senior services to respond to a declared emergency or increased health threat to the population."
The Executive Order requires local election authorities to publish notice of the June 2 election as required in Section 115.127.2, RSMo. In addition, the Executive Order states:
The closing date to register to vote in this election remains March 11.
The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate for office remains March 27 at 5 p.m.
The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot (Section 115.279, RSMo) shall be May 20.
A public test of voting equipment shall be completed no later than June 1.
In-person absentee ballots may be cast until 5 p.m. on June 1.
The deadline by which absentee ballots must be received by the election authority (Section 115.293.1, RSMo) shall be 7 p.m. on June 2.
Military and overseas voters must request a ballot from an election authority by 5 p.m. on May 29, and the deadline for local election authorities to make ballots available to such voters is April 18. Military and overseas ballots must be received by the election authority by June 5.
Local election authorities are also directed to post information on their website, use social media if available, issue press release, conduct public appearances, and directly contact stakeholders such as candidates.
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Registering to Vote
To be eligible to register to vote you must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Be a Missouri resident
- Be at least 17 1/2 years of age (must be 18 to vote)
- Not be adjudged incapacitated by a court of law
- Not be confined under a sentence of imprisonment
- Not be on probation or parole after conviction of a felony, until finally discharged
- Not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor connected with the right of suffrage
You may register in person, or obtain a mail-in application at the Ste. Genevieve County Clerk's Office, or you can register at the driver's license office.
You may also register online at Missouri Voter Registration Application
Last day to register for any election: Fourth Wednesday prior to election.
Missourians unable 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:
- Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which the voter is registered to vote.
- 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.
- Religious belief or practice.
- 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.
- Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained.
Request for an Absentee Ballot Form
Voters can request absentee ballots from the County Clerk's office in person, by mail, fax or complete online Absentee Application. If requesting an absentee ballot by mail, include name, date of birth, address where you live and the address you want the ballot mailed to. 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. Mail in or faxed absentee ballot requests must be received by the County Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday prior to any election. Voters can vote absentee in the County Clerk's office until 5:00 p.m. the day before the election.
This identification requirement, as well as the notary requirement for absentee ballots, does not apply to overseas voters, those on active military duty or members of their immediate family living with them or voters who are declared disabled and their caregivers. Information for military and overseas voters can be found on the Secretary of State's website here.
Rules Regarding Absentee Ballots
- Absentee ballots may not be carried out of the County Clerk's office by anyone.
- Absentee ballots may be returned by mail or in person.
- Persons in the military or persons requesting absentee ballots due to illness or physical confinement or caretakers of persons who are ill or disabled are not required to have their ballot notarized. All other absentee ballots must be notarized.
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