Voting by Mail Options for 2020 Elections

In June 2020, Senate Bill 631 was officially signed by Governor Parson, expanding options for voters in 2020 and creating two ways to vote by mail:

  • Absentee ballots: Voters may request an absentee ballot if they have or are at-risk for contracting or transmitting COVID-19. More information about this new reason is available from the Missouri Secretary of State's Office at https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionGoVoteMissouri/2020VotingOptions.pdf. Voters using that excuse or the excuse of incapacity or confinement due to illness or injury do not need their ballot envelopes notarized. Voters can return their absentee ballots by mail or in person (you will need to show your ID when bringing it by in person), including curbside drop off at our office by calling (573) 886-4375 to schedule a drop off time. Voters can request an absentee ballot online on our absentee page.
  • Mail-in ballots: The law also creates the option of mail-in ballot that any voter can request in person or by mail. Voters that choose a mail-in ballot must have their ballot envelope notarized and must return their ballot by mail only. The mail-in ballot application is available as a PDF and can be mailed to the Boone County Clerk's Office, attn: Mail-in Ballot, 801 E. Walnut, Room 236, Columbia MO 65201.

Whether you plan to vote by absentee or mail-in ballot, the deadline to apply for a mailed ballot is 5pm on July 22nd for the August Primary election and 5pm on October 21st for the November General election.

All ballots must be received in the Boone County Clerk's Office by 7pm on Election Day.