Absentee Ballots Available for Nov. 6 General Election

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that absentee ballots are available for the November 6, 2012 general election.

Missourians may cast an absentee ballot at the office of their local election authority or request an absentee ballot by mail or fax. The absentee ballot application is available for download at www.GoVoteMissouri.com.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail or fax is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, but voters are encouraged to submit their applications early to ensure they have adequate time to vote.  Absentee ballots must be received by the local election authority no later than 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6. Voters may cast an absentee ballot in the office of their local election authority until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 5.

Registered Missouri voters are eligible to vote absentee if they expect to be prevented from going to the polls to vote on Election Day due to:

(1) Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote;

(2) 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;

(3) Religious belief or practice;

(4) 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; or

(5) Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained.

Voters requesting an absentee ballot by mail must submit a copy of their personal identification if they registered by mail, did not submit identification with their registration application and have not voted in person.  Absentee ballots must also be notarized except in the case of voters who are permanently disabled and their caregivers or qualified military and overseas absentee voters.