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American Democracy Project

Dr. Shari Bax
Administration Building 214
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Voting Absentee

In order to vote, you must first be registered.  For more information please see "Registering to Vote."

When you registered to vote, you were assigned to a polling place.  This is important because the ballot issued to a voter is based upon where the voter lives so that s/he may vote for the issues and elected officials from that area.  For example, a student who registers to vote in Warrensburg is entitled to not only vote on the President, but also on Missouri state officials such as Governor, and local representatives to the national and state governments such as the U.S. Representative for the 4th district and a state house and senate member.  The student is entitled to vote on local officials such as the Johnson County Sheriff and Warrensburg City Council too. As such, a voter can only vote in the assigned polling place because only that polling place is sure to have the appropriate ballot. Your polling place is listed on the voter card your election authority sent to you after you registered to vote. If you cannot find the card or the listing of the polling place on your card, contact your local election authority.  A listing of local election authorities is available online at Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.

Important Information

If a voter is unable to be in the polling place on election day, s/he may request an absentee ballot and vote via absentee ballot. Voters can request absentee ballots from their local election authority in person, by fax, or by mail, but the requests must be submitted to the appropriate local election authority. Relatives within the first degree (parents, children and spouses) may complete an absentee ballot application, in person, on behalf of the voter who wishes to vote absentee. To request an absente ballot by mail or fax simply use the form, which is available at the following locations:

Important Things to Note

  1. If you have voted in person in the past or if you registered to vote in person, you do not have to make the request in person and can you use the absentee request form. A request form and a list of county clerks' addresses can be acquired from this office.
  2. If you registered by mail and have never voted in person at your current polling place, you will have to make the absentee ballot request in person.
  3. If you vote absentee by mail, you will need to have your ballot notarized in order for it to be valid and counted.  A list of notary public's on campus can be found here.
  4. To be considered valid, an absentee ballot must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day. 

Voters may vote absentee up to six weeks prior to the election. Requests must be received no later than the Wednesday before the election.

Voting an Absentee Ballot

Missouri requires that mailed in absentee ballots be notarized so as to ensure that the registered voter who requested the ballot did indeed receive and fill out the ballot.  There are 15 notary publics on campus that provide this service to students; they are listed below.  Please note that the notary must see you sign your ballot.  DO NOT SIGN YOUR BALLOT  beforehand.  Also the notary will need to see a copy of your driver’s license as proof of identification.

On Campus Notary Publics