While the Missouri Supreme Court did not waive the notary requirement for absentee and mail-in ballots in 2020 elections, the justices did issue a reminder that the rules allow voters who expect to be confined due to illness or caring for someone who is ill or disabled on Election Day to use that excuse to vote absentee without a notary. The case was brought by the Missouri League and NAACP.
In a separate case, Federal District Judge Brain Wimes ruled that voters can return both the new "mail-in ballots" and regular absentee ballots to local election authorities. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is appealing that ruling, saying the legislature said the new ballots could only be returned by mail.
In-person absentee voting at local election authorities started Sept. 22. Many absentee voters and those using new "mail-in ballots" must have the ballot envelope notarized. The League is providing free notary services from 9:30 to 3:30 Monday through Friday and from 10 to 3 on Saturday at 8706 Manchester Rd., Suite 104, in Brentwood.