VOTER REGISTRATION
Rejection

The voter will not be registered unless he/she includes a valid identification number (either driver’s license or SSN).

Unsatisfactory
Verification

The voter’s driver’s license number, last name, and date of birth are verified against the records of the Department of Motor Vehicles. If the voter provides a SSN instead of a driver’s license number, it is compared to the records of the Social Security Administration. The state has not issued any statements regarding the matching system it

is using.

Unsatisfactory

Notification

If a voter’s identifi cation number is missing, incomplete, or illegible, he/she is sent a notice by mail; he/she has until the registration deadline to provide the missing information. If the number cannot be verified, then he/she must provide identification at the polls.

Acceptable

Database

Top-down, statewide database in use, all counties participating.

Acceptable

3rd Party Registration

Persons paid for soliciting more than ten voters must register with the secretary of state. They must be registered to vote in Missouri and re-register every election cycle. No person can be compensated for

registering voters based on the number of applications collected.

 

 

Acceptable

NVRA Implementation

ACORN/Project Vote/Demos successfully filed suit against Missouri Department of Social Services for non-compliance with NVRA §7. State claimed it is in compliance with the law, but the court ruled that the DSS must improve its voter registration procedures.

Unsatisfactory

Voter Identification

All voters must show some form of photo or non-photo identifi cation. Can be one of a wide range.

Acceptable

PROVISIONAL BALLOTS

Distribution

Provisional ballot provided if voter’s eligibility cannot be established at polling place and the voter provides a form of personal identification. Provisional ballots cannot be used for voters who cannot meet the

identification standard.

Unsatisfactory

Verification

Provisional ballot counted if voter’s eligibility is verified later.

Acceptable

Wrong Precinct

Provisional ballot not counted if cast in wrong precinct. Poll workers required by law to direct voters to the proper precinct if they appear at the wrong precinct.

Unsatisfactory

SUPRRESSION / CHALLENGES

Deceptive Practices Law

Missouri makes it a felony to engage in an act of violence or threaten an act of violence with the intent to interfere with a person’s “lawful right to vote or participate in the election process” or to knowingly

provide voters with false information about election procedures for the purpose of preventing any person from going to the polls.

Exemplary

Challengers

Each political party may appoint a challenger to be present at each precinct; challenges may be made when the challenger believes the state’s election laws have been violated. Challengers must be registered to vote in the same jurisdiction as the voter they are challenging. May be made at any time until the polls close on Election Day.

 

 

Unsatisfactory

POLLING PLACE / POLL

Workers’ Training

State law requires that local election administrators provide training for poll workers, and that this training “include substantially” materials developed by the Secretary of State.

 

Exemplary

Recruitment

Each precinct must have at least four poll workers. No one under the age of 18 may serve as a poll worker, but students ages 15-17 may serve as “Youth Election Participants” to assist poll workers. The counties are responsible for recruitment; however, the Secretary of State administers the “It’s your turn, Be a poll worker!” campaign. Through this program, the secretary’s offi ce distributes posters, buys

advertisement and actively recruits younger, technologically fluent poll workers. 

Acceptable

VOTING MACHINES

Distribution

In jurisdictions in which DREs are the principal system used to cast votes, each polling place in a primary or general election shall be provided with at least one (1) DRE for each one hundred fifty (150) registered voters.

Acceptable

Student Voting Rights

The longstanding interpretation of Missouri law allows students to register and vote at either their college address or home address. Identification issued by an institution of higher education located in

Missouri is suffi cient for voter identifi cation.

 

Acceptable

VOTER EDUCATION

Registration Information

Secretary of State Website

•    Information on eligibility, how- and where-to, identification requirements and deadlines.

•    Voter look up tool which allows voters to search if they are registered, where they go to vote and look up sample ballots at https://mcvr.mo.gov/voterlookup/

Offline

•    All persons who turn eighteen years old and are not registered to vote receive a voter registration application and election calendar.

•    Registration deadlines and election dates are provided in news releases to print, radio and TV media.

 

Acceptable

Polling Place Location/Hours

Secretary of State Website

•    Provides polling place locations.

•    Provides polling place hours.

Offline

•    Voters may receive voter cards with polling place locations from their local election authorities.

By Law

•    The date of the election, the hours during which the polling place will be open must be publicly posted during the period of time in which a person may cast an absentee ballot and on Election Day.

•    A notice with the date of the primary election and polling place hours shall be published in a generally circulated newspaper.

•    No later than the fi fth day prior to any election, a notice of election which shall include the date and time of the election and the location of the voter’s polling place may be mail to each registered voter in the election jurisdiction.

•    Polling places must be clearly marked for voters.

 

Acceptable

Sample Ballots

•    Does not send sample ballots to voters.

Secretary of State Website

•    Offers sample ballots online where available and explains where voters can find a sample ballot.

Offline

•    Some counties send out sample ballots to their voters.

•    Counties are required to publish sample ballots in local newspapers.

By Law

•    Upon opening, each polling place must have a sufficient number of sample ballots, which shall be a different color but otherwise exact copies of the official ballot. The samples must show the form of the ballot or the front of the marking device or voting

machine as it will appear on Election Day.

• The election authority shall also post a copy of each sample ballot in a conspicuous place in its office.

 

Mixed

Provisional Ballot Information

Secretary of State Website

•    Explains when provisional ballots are available as an option.

By Law

•    General information on the right to cast a provisional ballot and instructions for provisional ballots must be publicly posted during the period of time in which a person may cast an absentee ballot

and on Election Day.

 

Acceptable

Language Accessibility

Secretary of State Website

•    Information is available on who is eligible to vote absentee; application forms; identification requirements when applicable; and where to send forms.

 

Acceptable

Voting Machines

Secretary of State Website

•    Color-coded map with the voting systems employed by counties.

By Law

•    If voting machines are used, instructions shall inform the voter how to operate the machine in such a manner that the voter may vote as he wishes. Voting instructions must also be conspicuously

posted in polling places and inform voters that the voting equipment can be demonstrated upon request.

 

Acceptable

Absentee Voting

Voting Rights Act, Sec. 203

•    Missouri’s statewide population does not fall under Section 203.

By Law

•    The Secretary of State may develop multilingual sample ballots to be made available to election authorities.

•    The Secretary of State may also develop multilingual voting instructions to be made available to election authorities.

 

Mixed

ID Requirements

Secretary of State Website

•    Outlines identifi cation requirements for registering and voting.

•    Provides examples of acceptable forms of identifi cation, including images of those identification.

•    Explains alternative for those without identifi cation.209

Offline

•    In 2006, Secretary of State Offi ce mailed all voters information on the voter identifi cation requirement.

•    Also offered “a toll-free hotline, a Web site, press events, radio, television, newspaper and transit advertising in addition to partnerships with businesses, churches and other organizations

to inform voters of the photo identifi cation requirement.”

By Law

•    Conspicuous notices required at polling places informing all voters that those who come to the polls without a satisfactory identification may return to the polling place with a proper form of personal identification and vote a regular ballot.

 

Exemplary