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Voting Access Scorecard - Missouri

The Franchise Project’s Voting Access Scorecard ranks how accessible voting is in Missouri. The Voting Access Scorecard measures the accessibility of American elections by analyzing state election laws and practices. Each state’s performance is based on 30 measurable metrics shown to affect accessibility and foster participation. All metrics are weighted equally to fairly assess all states and their practices. If answered in the affirmative, each metric is worth 1 point, for a total of 30 points. Note that if a practice varies by county or municipality, e.g. the number of early voting locations in Wisconsin, the state only received 0.5 points for that metric. Note: Y=Yes, N=No, and V=Varies by Municipality/County.

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Overall score: 8.5 / 30

Y=Yes, N=No, V=Varies by County/Municipality

State registration deadline is the Friday before Election Day or later
Missouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
N
State offers Election Day registration
Missouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
N
State has automatic registration
Missouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
N
State does NOT create barriers to voter registration by third parties (e.g. allows third party registration, does not require registration drive training or notification)
Mo. Rev. Stat. § 115.205: http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/stathtml/11500002051.html
N
State does NOT impose fines or criminal penalties for negligent/accidential voter registration mistakes
Mo. Rev. Stat. § 115.203: http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/stathtml/11500002031.html
N
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting in multiple locations per municipality/county
Missouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote
N
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting during evenings and/or weekends
Missouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote
N
State allows no-excuse early voting/in-person absentee voting
Missouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote
N
State holds all elections entirely by mail
Missouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote
N
State does NOT require an excuse to vote by mail
Missouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote
N
State deadline to return absentee ballot is NO earlier than Election Day (via any type of delivery)
Must be received by 7:00 PM on Election Day (by mail); must be received by 5:00 PM on the day prior to Election Day (in person). Missouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote#absentee
N
State allows all voters to sign up to vote by absentee permanently
Only permanently disabled voters can sign up to vote by permanent absentee. Mo. Rev. Stat. §115.284: http://revisor.mo.gov/main/Home.aspx
N
State allows voters to request vote by mail ballot online
MIssouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote#absentee
N
State allows voters to register online
Missouri election officials provide online voter registration in just a couple Missouri counties. MIssouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register.aspx
V
State allows voters to check their Election Day polling location online
MIssouri Secretary of State: https://voteroutreach.sos.mo.gov/PRD/VoterOutreach/VOSearch.aspx
Y
State allows voters to check their vote by mail status online
MIssouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote#absentee
N
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote on Election Day
Non-photo forms of identification are allowed. MIssouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote
Y
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote early or by mail
Non-photo forms of identification are allowed. Missouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote#Absentee
Y
If ID required, State allows voter to vote through alternative process that does not require voter action (Note: full points received if no ID required at all)
If you do not possess any forms of identification, you may still cast a ballot if two supervising election judges, one from each major political party, attest they know you. Missouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote
Y
During voter maintenance process, if address has not changed, state allows voter to simply mail back confirmation form
Missouri Statutes 115.93(1)(2): http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/chapters/chapText115.html
Y
State is NOT a member of Interstate Crosscheck
Bryan Caskey, Kansas Secretary of State, Director of Elections (email communication, May 24, 2017)
N
State is Member of ERIC
ERIC, http://www.ericstates.org/whowear John Lindback, ERIC Executive Director (email communication, May 25, 2017)
N
State refused to comply with the Pence-Kobach voter registration data request
Missouri Secretary of State: https://twitter.com/MissouriSOS/status/880901286417362944
N
State allows individuals to vote when their sentence is complete
Missouri Secretary of State: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/votingrights#3_2
Y
State allows individuals to vote during their term of incarceration
Missouri Secretary of State: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/votingrights#3_2
N
State allows individuals to vote after incarceration, while on probation or parole
Missouri Secretary of State: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/votingrights#3_2
N
State voting technology requires a paper trail
Mo. Rev. Stat. § 115.225.3: http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/stathtml/11500002251.html
N
State requires poll worker training
Mo. Rev. Stat. § 115.103: http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/stathtml/11500001031.html
Y
State law requires voting machines to meet federal standards, testing by a federally accredited laboratory, or federal certification
Mo. Rev. Stat. § 115.225: http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/stathtml/11500002251.html
Y
State provides readily accessible voting technology information
Missouri Secretary of State: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/electionday
N

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