How to Cast my VOTE in Missouri
Updated: Sep 22
One of the most important elections of our lifetimes is approaching soon. Many are asking what is the best and safest way to vote and importantly, how do I know what I am eligible to do. Unfortunately, these answers are not straight forward so I will break it down. The goal is to make sure you VOTE and have your voice heard while staying safe during a worldwide pandemic. It should not be this difficult to cast your vote. Period. This is a form of voter suppression, but until we can get elected and change these archaic and complex processes, we will help our citizens navigate the process.
Here we go:
There are three (3) ways to cast your ballot in Jackson County, Missouri for the November 3rd Election.
1. Cast your ballot in person on November 3rd at your polling place. Note, it is highly likely your polling place will be different this year due to fewer poll workers therefore making it likely your polling place will be more crowded than usual. Please be prepared for this and go early and make sure you take necessary precautions for your health and safety. Notice of polling place change may come after the deadline for requesting a mail-in or absentee ballot so take that into consideration as you make your decision. The Jackson County Election Board has now completed two elections during the pandemic and has taken necessary steps to help keep voters safe.
2. Vote by Mail-In Ballot: Anyone may vote by Mail.
Fill out a Mail-in Ballot Request Form
Mail or return this completed form in person to the Jackson County Board of Elections (the election authority for Jackson County). The JCEB must receive your application by Oct 21st by 5:00pm
Once received, fill out your Ballot and you MUST have the envelope notarized.
Mail your completed ballot with outer envelope notarized via US Mail only to:
Note: Mail-in ballot cannot be returned in person
Jackson County Board of Elections
PO Box 296
Independence, MO 64051
Must be received by Nov 3rd, 7:00 to be counted! Mail your ballot EARLY!
3. Vote by Absentee Ballot by mail or in person: See below for eligibility requirements for Absentee Ballot w/ and w/out a notary requirement.
Complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form. This can be requested by email (email@example.com), mail, fax or in person at JCEB. If you want your ballot mailed to you, you must mail or deliver completed application in person to the Jackson County Board of Elections (JCEB) by Oct 21 at 5:00pm.
Complete your Absentee Ballot and have envelope notarized if required* (see below)
You may return your ballot by mail or in person to the JCEB by November 3rd at 7 PM. If you mail it in, be sure to mail early to allow for it to arrive at the JCEB. You may return beginning Sept 22nd, 2020.
If you would prefer to vote in person, you may go and vote in person at the JCEB during normal business hours (8:30am-5:00pm Monday - Friday and Saturdays Oct 10, 17, 24 & 31 8:30am-12:30pm) up until 5 PM on November 3rd if you meet the eligibility requirements below.
Address for Absentee Vote in Person:
110 N Liberty
Independence, MO 64050
Address to Mail in your Absentee Ballot
P.O. Box 296
Independence, MO 64051
Eligibility for Absentee Voting
You are eligible to vote absentee WITHOUT A NOTARY if:
1. Incapacity or confinement due to illness
2. In 2020, you have contracted coronavirus or you are at risk due to any of the following:
Age 65 or older
Live in a long term care facility
Have chronic lung disease/asthmas
Have serious heart condition
Have chronic kidney disease and is undergoing dialysis
Have liver disease
You are eligible to vote Absentee with a Notary requirement due to:
Religious beliefs or practice
Working as an election worker
Incarceration, and eligible to vote
Certified participation in an address confidentiality program
Absence on election day from your election jurisdiction
If you are reading this but are outside of Jackson County or in the city of KCMO, click here to locate your Election Authority.