A "How to Cast Your Vote In 2020" Guide If You Live In Missouri
Start writing a post

A "How to Cast Your Vote In 2020" Guide If You Live In Missouri

It's a bit complicated, but we can do it!

A "How to Cast Your Vote In 2020" Guide If You Live In Missouri
Tiffany Tertipes at unsplash.com

Voting this fall can be done in two ways - in person or by absentee ballots. This isn't new. Every election, you've always had both options, but never has absentee ballots been so heavily encouraged. My article will mostly focus on by mail voting for Missourians this fall. There's a bit to learn about this process, so I hope you read through the entire article. It's worth it.

But before we begin,

the one thing I want you to remember from this article is this - if you are voting by mail, PLEASE mail it 3 weeks before Election Day.

Why? It usually takes the mail 2-3 weeks for any article of mail to reach the desired location, especially if it is going across the country.

That means you should cast your absentee ballot on Tuesday, October 13 for Election Day.

Mark your calendar right now with a big reminder before you forget.

Have you marked your calendar yet?

If you mail it on October 13, it should arrive before November 3 (Election Day).

Seriously, mark your calendar.

Hope you did it 😁

Alright! Now let's talk about the specifics about voting by mail.

There are two subsets of voting by mail - absentee or mail-in voting.

From what I've learned, absentee voters usually need to ask for a ballot, fill out a form, and sign that form to authenticate the request. Mail-in voting is done by the state government's sending ballots to all registered voters in that state - which is another great reason to register for voting way before an election year. Voter fraud is less likely with absentee voting.

Some states required you to fill out an excuse as to WHY you can't vote in person. Some states might STILL require other Americans to fill out an excuse, but Missourians don't have to worry about getting an excuse approved this fall thanks to a new law.

Here's the bad news - most Missourians will need to have their absentee or mail-in votes notarized.

Getting a ballot notarized means you'll need to have a notary, a public official, approve your ballot.

What does a notary public do? Well -
"A notary public is a public official appointed by a state government to *help deter fraud.* Notary publics witness the signing of important documents and verify the identity of the signer(s), their willingness to sign the documents, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction.

Institutions rely upon notaries so they may have full faith in important documents. After witnessing a signing, a notary public applies their own details, such as their signature, seal, and notary commission details. When you see a notary's seal on a document, it means a notary public verified that the transaction authentic and properly executed.

Having a document notarized is the same as swearing under oath in a court of law—you are saying that the facts contained in the document are true."

- Notarize.com in the article "What does it mean to have a document notarized with a notary public signature?"

Governor Mike Parson and others in our government really want to deter fraud in this election, so they are requiring most Missourians to have their ballots notarized before they are mailed-in. Critics say requiring a notarization doesn't help voters concerned about being more exposed to COVID-19 during this election season.

Recap - most Missourians have to go into a location (hopefully close to where they live) to get their vote approved before they can send it in. There are lots of FREE places in Missouri to talk to a notary and get the ballot notarized, which is GREAT! But critics say people might as well just vote in person on Election Day since most mail-in votes need to go indoors and talk to a notary (and probably with other voters there, too).

My opinion about that:

I think if you time it out right, you could probably go in and get your ballot notarized late September/early October and not have to deal with a lot of people doing the same thing. Most people already know who they are voting for, so why not go early into a notary place when there's less of a crowd? I really think mail-in voting (whenever you're ready, but at the very latest on October 13) will be safer than voting at the polls on Election Day.

Also, if many Missourians are comfortable being out and about, I doubt they'll mind voting in person OR going in early and getting their ballot notarized.

The following PDF describes who NEEDS and who DOES *NOT* need a notary when voting absentee.


LOOK AT THIS WEBSITE if you want to know all the FREE places where you can get your ballot NOTARIZED in the state Missouri!

Many places want you to contact the office and *make an appointment with them first!*


I think I will be doing a mail-in ballot, so I'm going to repost the information about that below in case you want to do the same:


Governor Parson signed Senate Bill 631 into law on June 4, 2020, which authorizes mail-in ballots for the August 4, 2020 primary election and the November 3, 2020 general election to avoid the risk of contracting or transmitting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (COVID-19).

Registered Missouri voters can request mail-in ballots from their local election authority in person or by mail. Relatives within the second degree (spouse, parents and children) may complete a mail-in ballot application, in person, on behalf of the voter who wishes to vote using a mail-in ballot. DO NOT SEND MAIL-IN BALLOT APPLICATIONS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE. MAIL-IN BALLOT APPLICATIONS MUST BE SENT TO THE APPROPRIATE LOCAL ELECTION AUTHORITY BY THE DEADLINE IN ORDER TO BE VALID. Contact information for local election authorities and a mail-in ballot application form may be found at the links below.

Mail-in ballot requests that are sent by mail must be received by the election authority no later than 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday *prior* to any election. Voters requesting a mail-in ballot by mail who have registered by mail and have not voted in person are required to submit a copy of their personal identification unless they provided a copy with their registration application. Examples of acceptable identification are:

  1. Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state;
  2. Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof;
  3. Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri;
  4. A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter; or
  5. Other identification approved by the secretary of state under rules promulgated pursuant to Missouri law.

Mail-in ballots must be returned by mail in the provided envelope, with the statement on the envelope signed and witnessed by a notary. *****In order to be counted,***** mail-in ballots must be received by the election authority at or before the time fixed by law for the closing of the polls on Election Day (7:00 p.m.).


All of the above information was taken from this website: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote#Mail

Just to be super super super sure your vote will count, go through all the right steps and do it so you can send it in by OCTOBER 13. It's a Tuesday.

I know there are other things you might be curious about that I didn't cover here, or maybe you didn't understand my explanations. I suggest going to the following link for further research or to find people to answer your questions. The link is to the home page for how to vote in Missouri.


Thank you for reading all of this! Remember, if you're voting by mail-in ballots, do it by October 13. PUT IT IN YOUR CALENDAR with a BIG ALARM before you forget.

Last thing - register to vote and then actually vote. Your voice matters. Every vote truly does impact the outcome of the election.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Founders Of Color: Rec Room's Dre Taylor On What Blackness Can Look Like And Not Working For Free

"It mattered to me that when we were depicting racial diversity for Rec Room, we showed the broad spectrum of what Blackness can look like."

Rec Room

The world of sustainable fashion is inundated with marketing gimmicks, false advertising, and large corporations cutting corners — Rec Room is the pure antithesis of that.

Keep Reading... Show less

Dunkin' just announced that they'll be releasing their fall menu earlier than ever — set to debut on August 19 — and that it'll include new menu options this season, including a new signature pumpkin spice latte. Let me just say, Starbucks has some fall-menu competition now.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

CBD Lip Balm Is The Calming Presence You Need In Your Life, Trust Me

I tried lip balm, sleep gummies, and an oil dropper from CBDistillery. Here's the final verdict.


CBD has been on making waves within the wellness space for the last few years. Generally related to the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain, it's growing easier to find small CBD companies who are making products specifically designed to fit your needs. As FDA rules for CBD production can be a little hazy, it's true that not all CBD products are created equally. That's why it's important to look into the manufacturing of whatever you're deciding to try, especially if you're new to taking CBD.

As someone who has tried a variety of CBD products — some victories, some failures — I was thrilled when CBDistillery sent me a package of their favorites. They included a Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture, their Nighttime Gummies, and a CBD Lip Balm.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Went To Disney For The First Time Since COVID-19 And It's Officially The Cleanest Place On Earth

I stopped focusing on the pandemic simply because, for the first time in months, I felt safe.

After a few months of self-quarantining, becoming suspicious of every cough, and blowing through masks like a medical school student, restrictions due to the pandemic are easing up a bit and businesses are warily reopening. While these public spaces may look the same on the outside, the way they function and operate is vastly different than a few months ago.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 At-Home Therapy Tips You Need, No Matter What Your Therapy Routine Is

Whether you're in a Zoom session or live-chatting, make sure your home therapy space is good to go.

No matter what stigmas you held about therapy before this year, I'm sure 2020 has affirmed that we could ALL use a nice long therapy session. Between wildfires that took over an entire continent, a global health crisis, and what's sure to be one giant circus of an election in the United States, we need help and we need it now.

The fact of the matter is, therapy has been a helpful, valid resource long before the world decided to become one giant dumpster fire. Having a safe space to discuss what's going on in your life, worries you have, and struggles you're facing has become a very normal thing for individuals' mental health.

Keep Reading... Show less

When it comes to wedding planning, each and every detail is customized to the style of the couple. From venue and decorations to food and beverages, nothing gets overlooked — whether your wedding is big, small, or virtual.

The same thing goes for invites, which are getting more and more beautiful every wedding season. If you're looking to customize your wedding invitations, the options are endless... you can add pictures if you wish, opt for fancy artwork, or keep it simple with just text).

Keep Reading... Show less

23 Burning Questions We Have For The Taureans In Our Lives, Answered By A Taurus

The remaining 11 signs took the bull by the horns, and it was a fun and insightful experience!

Jordyn Leach

Lately, I've been digging deeper into astrology and studying my sign. Throughout the journey, it's come to my attention that Taurus are probably one of the most complicated signs - that is, if you're not a Taurus.

To gain a little more perspective on how my sign is viewed by the others, I requested that the participants submit a question in response to the following:

Keep Reading... Show less
Universal Pictures

A music enthusiast like myself has a playlist for every mood. Life's a movie and you're the main character. In no specific order, listen to these songs to feel on top of the world!

Pro Tip: turn your crossfade up to 3 seconds for a seamless transition between each song!

Keep Reading... Show less

It's the most wonderful time of the year again — it's sorority recruitment season! While recruitment can be a fun and memorable experience, it can also take a toll on your mental health, especially this year, considering the special circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few reminders to keep in your mental health toolkit during recruitment week to help keep your mental health at bay during this unique experience.

Keep Reading... Show less

We've all been there. You see that super cute guy on your dating app of choice, his bio is funny, and then, the gut-wrenching feeling hits when you see their political views don't exactly line up with yours. He loves Trump, you can't stand him, or vice versa.

A lot of people will say you can get over politics, but I know from personal experience, as well as this survey, that politics play a huge role in whether a relationship will work or if we're even willing to swipe right on that profile.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments