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Chapter 115

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  115.159.  Registration by mail — delivery of absentee ballots, when — provisional ballot by mail permitted, when. — 1.  Any person who is qualified to register in Missouri shall, upon application, be entitled to register by mail.  Upon request, application forms shall be furnished by the election authority or the secretary of state.

  2.  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the election authority shall not deliver any absentee ballot to any person who registers to vote by mail until after such person has:

  (1)  Voted, in person, after presentation of a proper form of identification set out in section 115.427, for the first time following registration; or

  (2)  Provided a copy of identification set out in section 115.427 to the election authority.  



This subsection shall not apply to those persons identified in section 115.283 who are exempted from obtaining a notary seal or signature on their absentee ballots.  An individual who has registered to vote by mail but who does not meet the requirements of this subsection may cast a provisional ballot by mail.  Such ballot shall not be counted pursuant to this chapter, and the individual shall be notified of the reason for not counting the ballot.

  3.  Subsection 2 of this section shall not apply in the case of a person:

  (1)  Who registers to vote by mail pursuant to Section 6 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and submits a copy of a current and valid photo identification as part of such registration;

  (2)  Who registers to vote by mail pursuant to Section 6 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and:

  (a)  Submits with such registration either a driver's license number, or at least the last four digits of the individual's Social Security number; and

  (b)  With respect to whom the secretary of state matches the information submitted pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subdivision with an existing state identification record bearing the same number, name, and date of birth as provided in such registration;

  (3)  Who is:

  (a)  A covered voter defined in section 115.902;

  (b)  Provided the right to vote otherwise than in person pursuant to Section 3(b)(2)(B)(ii) of the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act; or

  (c)  Entitled to vote otherwise than in person pursuant to any other federal law.


(L. 1977 H.B. 101 § 7.075, A.L. 1993 H.B. 551 & 552, A.L. 1994 H.B. 1411, A.L. 1997 S.B. 132, A.L. 2002 S.B. 675, A.L. 2003 H.B. 511, A.L. 2006 S.B. 1014 & 730, A.L. 2013 S.B. 116)

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