Resource: Case Summaries for June 15, 2020

By: Missouri Courts

June 15, 2020

Missouri Courts

Since March 2020, Missouri has been under a state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Section 115.658, RSMo, allows for limited absentee voting by mail. Some ballots cast by mail must be notarized, but no such requirement applies to absentee ballots cast pursuant to section 115.277.1(2), RSMo. The secretary of state has not advised local election officials whether confining oneself at home to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19 constitutes a valid excuse to cast an absentee ballot by mail, without a notary seal, under section 115.277.1(2). Local election officials are scheduled to send absentee ballots for the August 2020 primary election beginning June 23 and for the November 2020 general election beginning September 22.