MISSOURI

How to vote from your hospital bed

LINKS

Before October 7, 2020

Register to Vote!

Find more information here https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/register or at https://www.vote.org/.

Before October 21, 2020

You may vote by absentee ballot if you fulfill certain conditions, such as experiencing incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, or being a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability. More information on this process is available here. You must mail or fax a filled out absentee ballot application to your local election authority no later than the 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday prior to any election.

After October 21, 2020

You may still vote by absentee ballot if you have been hospitalized after the normal absentee voting deadline. You must contact your local election authority to initiate this process. Your ballot will delivered to you by a bipartisan team from your local election authority.

7 PM on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (Election Day)

If you have received an absentee ballot during the normal absentee voting period, you must return it to your local election authority by 7 PM on Election Day. Otherwise, if you were hospitalized after the normal absentee voting period, the bipartisan team that delivered your ballot will be responsible for returning your ballot to be counted.

 

DEADLINES

 

STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO VOTE

1.

Check Your Voter Registration

Check if you are registered to vote at https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup or at https://www.vote.org/.

2.

Complete an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

If you are hospitalized after the normal deadline for the regular absentee voting period (the Wednesday 2 weeks before the election), you may still vote by absentee ballot according to Missouri law. Please contact your local election authority to initiate this process, including clarifying if there is any documentation you should fill out. Information on this process can be found here.

 

Alternatively, if you were hospitalized before the Wednesday 2 weeks before your election, you may vote by absentee ballot through the normal process. More information on this process can be found here. You must fill out a request form and mail it to your local election authority.

3.

Return Your Application

Please clarify with your local election authority if there is any paperwork to fill out or provide, such as voter identification forms. A bipartisan team will be sent from your local election authority to you in the hospital in order to witness the signing of and obtain your application. deliver your ballot.

4.

Obtain Your Ballot

A bipartisan team will be sent from your local election authority to you in the hospital in order to witness the signing of and obtain your application. Following this, they will deliver your absentee ballot to be filled out.

5.

Vote!

Fill out your ballot! 

6.

Return Your Completed Ballot

After you have filed out your absentee ballot, the bipartisan team sent by your local election authority will be responsible for returning your ballot to be counted.

 

 

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STATE LAW

Missouri

§ Section 115.287 R.S.Mo 

If, after 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday before an election, any voter from the jurisdiction has become hospitalized, becomes confined due to illness or injury, or is confined in an intermediate care facility, residential care facility, or skilled nursing facility, as such terms are defined in section 198.006, in the county in which the jurisdiction is located or in the jurisdiction of an adjacent election authority within the same county, the election authority shall appoint a team to deliver, witness the signing of and return the voter’s application and deliver, witness the voting of and return the voter’s absentee ballot. In counties with a charter form of government and in cities not within a county, and in each city which has over three hundred thousand inhabitants, and is situated in more than one county, if the election authority receives ten or more applications for absentee ballots from the same address it may appoint a team to deliver and witness the voting and return of absentee ballots by voters residing at that address, except when such addresses are for an apartment building or other structure wherein individual living units are located, each of which has its own separate cooking facilities. Each team appointed pursuant to this subsection shall consist of two registered voters, one from each major political party. Both members of any team appointed pursuant to this subsection shall be present during the delivery, signing or voting and return of any application or absentee ballot signed or voted pursuant to this subsection.

 

COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

The April 7th Municipal Elections have been postponed to June 12th. The absentee deadline for this election has been postponed to May 20th. You may vote by absentee ballot if you fulfill certain conditions, such as experiencing incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, or being a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability. More information on this process is available here. News on this election postponement can be found here.

A recent bill is under consideration in the Missouri House that would let Missouri residents vote absentee if they are at risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19 and the governor has declared a state of emergency.. More information on this bill can be found here.

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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