Sunday, October 31, 2010

Missouri Voters Bill of Rights

Please share far and wide so that everyone knows their rights. It's possible that the other side will be sending "vote challangers" to try to intimidate people from legitimately voting: remember, they have no authority, the only people who have authority are the poll workers, and they should be trying to help you.

You Have the Right to Vote!

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)


You have the right to vote - it's the law, and you have the proof in your hands! You can bring this bill of rights with you into the polls. If you have questions or difficulties voting, call toll free: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683). This hotline is here to help all voters. It is non-partisan and does not support any candidate or issue.

1. You have the right to vote if you are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m. §115.407.

2. Photo ID is NOT Required. Voters must show identification to vote. §115.427.1. But it does not need to include your photo or your signature. You can present any one of the following:
  • ID issued by a federal, state or local government authority or agency;
  • ID from a college, university, vocational or technical school located in Missouri
  • current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that contains your name and current address;
  • driver’s license or state ID card from Missouri or another state; or
  • voter identification card sent to you by the election authority.
  • Voters without ID can vote a regular ballot if personally known by two election judges (one from each party).

    3. You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if your eligibility can’t be established. § 115.430.2. But a provisional ballot cast in the wrong polling place will not count. Make sure you are directed to vote at your correct polling place or at a central polling place, such as Election Board headquarters.

    4. You have the right to assistance to help you vote. §115.445.3. You can get help from an election official, or may bring any person of your choice (including a child, relative or friend) to help before, during or after voting if you need help reading or casting your ballot. The assistant does not have to be over 18 or a registered voter. You may bring children into the polling place and voting booth with you.

    5. Voters with disabilities have a right to accessible voting. If your polling place is not accessible, poll workers must come to your car and let you vote curbside outside your polling place upon request. You have a right to an accessible ballot (voting machines tilt, move up and down, and are equipped with accommodations for the visually impaired). You may move to the front if a disability prevents you from standing in line.

    6. If you have moved within the same county and have not been removed from the list of registered voters, you have the right to vote at a central polling place or at the polling place that serves your new address. §115.165.2

    7. If you make a mistake or "spoil" your ballot before you submit it, you can request a new one. § 115.439.4

    8. If you were convicted of a felony other than one related to voting, and have completed your sentence (including any probation or parole), you have the right to register to vote and vote. § 115.133.4.

    9. No one may influence your vote within 25 feet of the polling place. § 115.637(18). No one at a polling place may intimidate you, including police.

    10. You have a choice of voting systems. You can use a paper ballot or an electronic voting machine.

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