Eligible Reasons for Absentee
The following is an except from the Missouri Revised Statutes defining absentee voting eligibility:
Missouri Revised Statutes
Election Authorities and Conduct of Elections
Persons eligible to vote absentee.
115.277. Persons eligible to vote absentee.
- Except as provided in subsections 2, 3, 4, and 5 of this section, any registered voter of this state may vote by absentee ballot for all candidates and issues for which such voter would be eligible to vote at the polling place if such voter expects to be prevented from going to the polls to vote on election day due to:
- Absence on election day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote;
- Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability;
- Religious belief or practice;
- Employment as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than such voter’s polling place;
- Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained;
- Certified participation in the address confidentiality program established under sections 589.660 to 589.681 because of safety concerns.
- Any covered voter, as defined in section 115.275, who is eligible to register and vote in this state may vote in any election for federal office, statewide office, state legislative office, or statewide ballot initiatives by submitting a federal postcard application to apply to vote by absentee ballot or by submitting a federal postcard application at the polling place even though the person is not registered. A federal postcard application submitted by a covered voter pursuant to this subsection shall also serve as a voter registration application under section 115.908 and the election authority shall, if satisfied that the applicant is entitled to register, place the voter’s name on the voter registration file. Each covered voter may vote by absentee ballot or, upon submitting an affidavit that the person is qualified to vote in the election, may vote at the person’s polling place.
- Any interstate former resident, as defined in section 115.275, may vote by absentee ballot for presidential and vice presidential electors.
- Any intrastate new resident, as defined in section 115.275, may vote by absentee ballot at the election for presidential and vice presidential electors, United States senator, representative in Congress, statewide elected officials and statewide questions, propositions and amendments from such resident’s new jurisdiction of residence after registering to vote in such resident’s new jurisdiction of residence.
- Any new resident, as defined in section 115.275, may vote by absentee ballot for presidential and vice presidential electors after registering to vote in such resident’s new jurisdiction of residence.
(L. 1977 H.B. 101 § 9.005, A.L. 1982 SB. 526, A.L. 1986 H.B. 1471, et al., A.L. 1993 SB. 31, A.L. 1995 H.B. 484, et al., A.L. 1997 SB. 132, A.L. 2002 SB. 675, A.L. 2003 H.B. 511, A.L. 2013 SB. 116, A.L. 2015 SB. 34 and 105)