Every election. 
No excuses.*


  • Voting is the most critical civic duty.  (But we'd love to help you do more:  To ensure that there are progressive issues and candidates to vote for, our society relies on people working every day to build communities, ask tough questions, run organizations, and hold elected officials accountable. #DoMoreThanVote) 

  • Voting is also the strongest tool we have to hold our representatives accountable - especially when elected officials forget that they represent the entire community and not just their supporters. 



  • Every vote matters, whether your candidate or issue advances or fails. Progressives may win or lose by a few votes, or by many, but we can make our numbers and unity apparent to our government.  


*Voter suppression is real and is used widely by the far right to retain their power.  Voter suppression can take many forms.  Proof of citizenship requirements, registration issues, moving of polling locations, and cumbersome ID rules at the polls are used together and widely.  Go to our VOTER SUPPRESSION page to learn more.

May 18, 2020


Missouri lawmakers come up with complex rules for mail voting during Covid

Missouri lawmakers have come up with a complex loosening of the rules for voting absentee in light of the coronavirus crisis.


Gov. Mike Parson has not said outright that he will sign the measure, cleared by his fellow Republicans in charge of the General Assembly just before their session ended Friday night. But if he does, the number of states that have kept their strict excuse requirements intact during the pandemic will be down to just four.


The measure would allow people at high risk of Covid-19 infection to obtain a vote-from-home ballot for the rest of the year. It would allow all other Missourians to vote that way as well, but only if their ballots included the electronic or physical signature of a notary.


Currently, the very small list of available excuses for not voting in person include being ill, disabled, out of town or facing a religious restriction to travel on Election Day.


The legislation would expand that roster to include anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus or is "at-risk" of infection because they're older than 65, immunocompromised, live in a long-term care facility, or have lung, heart, liver or kidney disease.


Others could vote absentee without any of these excuses so long as their ballots are notarized. And that is now easier than in most states, because in April Parson signed an executive order allowing notaries to conduct business over video chat and sign documents electronically.


The governor has previously opposed expanding vote-by-mail options, but in a recent press briefing said the state needed to consider an exemption during the pandemic.


The bill applies only to voting in the June 2 municipal elections, the Aug. 4 congressional and state office primaries, and the Nov. 3 general election.


If the governor signs the new rules, Missouri will join South Carolina as the two most recent states to relax their vote by mail excuse rules — but it will still remain one of the toughest places for voting during the pandemic.

The other states where the excuse rules have not yet been changed — Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Connecticut — are all facing lawsuits to force a relaxation this year. Missouri legislators acted in the face of such a suit from the NAACP and the League of Women Voters, which are arguing in state court that the desire to shelter in place is a valid excuse to vote absentee.

April 10, 2020


“’Mail-in voting is horrible. It’s corrupt,’ declared President Trump earlier this week. When a reporter asked how he could reconcile that position with the fact that he had personally voted by mail in the last election, Trump replied, ‘Because I’m allowed to.’ This perfectly circular logic — if more voters were permitted to vote by mail, they would also be ‘allowed to’ — seemed not to satisfy him. Trump has refined his view, explaining that casting a ballot by mail is fine for members of the military and senior citizens, but is ‘ripe for fraud’ when used by others.” – New Yorker Magazine

Kansans have early voting and vote-by-mail in place, but Missouri is far behind and SoS Jay Ashcroft is showing no signs of using his power to make voting easier. Contact your members of congress and let them know that you want to protect our nation, and allow vote-by-mail. Not just this year, but for every election. Then call 573-751-3222 to let Ashcroft and Parson know you want no-excuse absentee voting in Missouri in place by the next local elections, June 2 (more here from MO ACLU).


Make a plan to vote!

Make sure you make it to the polls.  Voting advocates have learned that when a voter makes a plan, they are more likely to follow through with voting. So make a plan!

1.  Feel smart!  Know what is on the ballot before you head out to vote.

Each county or election board is required to make a sample ballot available ahead of the election.  This gives you a chance to research candidates and issues in advance. 



MO Click here to see your ballot for June 2, 2020 municipal elections.

KS Information on August Primary ballots will be provided when available.

2.  Know when you will vote

Review that day's schedule, then set a time and a reminder on your calendar to vote. (“After I drop of the kids at swimming,” “Before class,” “At 5:00 p.m.,” “Over lunch.”) 

3.  Know where you will vote

Your voter notice or ID card should let you know where to vote.  Otherwise, use the links below.



4.  Know what to bring

You will need to bring proper ID, listed below.  You may also bring your marked up sample ballot or phone into the voting booth. 



  • Non-expired Missouri driver’s license

  • Non-expired Missouri nondriver’s license

  • US Passport

  • Other photo ID with expiration date issued by the United States or the state of Missouri

  • Military ID

  • Voter registration card

  • Paycheck or government check

  • Utility bill

  • Bank Statement

  • Missouri Student IDincluding a public assistance identification card issued by a city, county, state or federal government office

  • Other government ID or document showing your address, 

If you do not have an acceptable form of ID, you may cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted if you come back to the poll and show a photo ID or if the signature on your ballot matches the signature you have on file in the voter registry.



  • Driver’s license

  • ID card issued by Kansas, another state, or an Indian tribe

  • Concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by Kansas or by another state

  • US Passport

  • Military ID

  • Kansas Student ID

  • Employee badge or ID document issued by a city, county, state, or federal government office

  • Other government ID or document showing your address, including a public assistance identification card issued by a city, county, state or federal government office

If you do not currently have an acceptable form of photo ID the state will provide you a free ID. You can visit any driver’s license office to get an ID. IDs do NOT have to have the voters’ current address. They are for photo and name verification only. Your photo ID is used to verify your face and name. If you forget your ID, you can vote a provisional ballot.  But you must then show your photo ID at the election office before the county canvass. 

5.  Bring a friend or neighbor to vote with you.

Make voting an event. Celebrate our democracy. Get a free sticker!  Make new friends in line! 

Bring friends, neighbors and your kids.  Remind everyone that voting is both a right and a duty of citizenship.

Kansas voters: Voter to Voter is an innovative project in peer-to-peer advocacy with a goal of increasing voter turnout. They have begun work to identify ambassadors who will connect with ten of their friends, family, and co-workers, and with the help of the Voter to Voter staff, will engage them in the importance of voting, cajoling, convincing, and helping them through the non-partisan steps of registration, education, and voting.

Missouri voters:  You can also work to make sure that 10 people you know (and who might not normally vote to) the polls!


KANSAS VOTERS: Because Kobach so badly damaged the voter registration system in Kansas, please use to register.  It is the only reliable place for voter registration/info, and an important IKC Ally.

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Interested in registering new voters? 

Both states allow registered voters to distribute voter registration forms.  New voters will need to present appropriate ID when they vote the first time. 

  • Missouri: Pick up Missouri Voter Postcard Applications at the Kansas City Election Board Office in Union Station, Suite 2800. Or, you can request them from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, 600 West Main Street, Jefferson City, Missouri, 65101, (573) 751-4936 or at

  • Kansas: Print the voter registration form, and photocopy the form as needed. You may type all the information requested except the signature, print the form, sign it and mail, deliver or fax it to the secretary of state’s office or the county election office. You may obtain up to 25 copies of the form free of charge by contacting the secretary of state’s office or your county election office.




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Here are the basics:

  1. Keep your place in line. The lines may be long, but as long as you are in line when the polls close, you will be allowed to cast your ballot. If you leave the line, you may not be able to vote.
  2. Do everything you can to vote a regular ballot. Cast a provisional ballot only if you have no other option. In many states if you cast a provisional ballot at the wrong polling location it will not be counted.


If you experience any of the following, report it to Election Protection
(866-687-8683) immediately:

  • Intimidation

  • Harassment (including harassing questions about your qualifications to vote)

  • False information about voting requirements

  • People impersonating poll workers or election officials

If you are told you are not on the voter roll:

  • Confirm that you are registered to vote. 

  • Confirm that you are at the right polling place.

  • If you registered and are not showing up on the voter roll, call the Election Protection Hotline

  • Did you recently move? If so and you didn’t update your registration, you are likely on the voter roll of your old polling place.

  • Check with a poll worker to see if you can update your registration and vote a regular ballot where you are. Otherwise, you may need to vote at your old polling location or at a central polling place.

  • Make sure the poll worker is spelling your name correctly and is looking in every place that you could be listed. Ask a poll worker if there is a separate “inactive” or “suspense” list of voters that you may be on. Many states maintain similar lists of voters who have not recently voted. If you are on this list, you can still cast a regular ballot.


If you are being turned away from voting for not having the proper ID:

  • Figure out if you have anything on you that qualifies. Some states accept documents you may not think of as ID, like a paystub or utility bill with your address.

  • Do you have something at home that qualifies that you can go back and get? If you can’t come back the same day, some states may allow you to come back and show your ID following Election Day. Ask a poll worker if this is an option.

  • If you do not have any acceptable form of ID, does your state allow you to vote without ID by signing something under oath?

  • In several states where ID is required (CT, ID, IA, LA, MI, MT, NH, SD, TN), you may be able to vote without proper ID by signing a something under oath.

  • Cast a provisional ballot if that is your only option. In some states that require ID, your provisional ballot will be counted if your signature matches what is on file in the voter registry.


If you cast a provisional ballot:

  • Ask for written instructions about what you must do to ensure the provisional ballot will be counted.

  • Ask for a phone number you can call to confirm if your vote was counted.

  • IMPORTANT: In 27 states, if you cast a provisional ballot at the wrong polling location, your vote will not be counted.


Both Missouri and Kansas offer similar accommodation.  It never hurts to check with your local voting authority in advance about how you can be accommodated to cast your vote.
  • Advance/Absentee Voting 

If you are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, or caring for an incapacitated person, you may vote in advance (KS) or absentee (MO).

  • Curbside Voting 


If you have limited mobility you may be able to vote "curbside" or outside the polling place. You should go to your polling place and ask someone to go in and ask poll workers to bring a ballot out to you. The poll workers should bring you a ballot within a reasonable period of time.

  • Accessible Voting Systems 


Every polling place must have an accessible voting system for individuals with disabilities including audiovisual accessibility. Accessible systems include an audio ballot to make selections or the ability to enlarge text so that you can read the on-screen ballot with ease.

  • Permanent Absentee Voting

If you have a permanent physical disability you may request to be placed on a designated list so that your local election authority can automatically mail an absentee ballot application directly to you prior to each election. You will need to make this request directly your local election authority who will send you further information.

  • Personal Assistance

If you cannot read or write, are blind or have another physical disability and cannot vote your ballot, you may choose to bring in a person to help you vote. Your assistant does not have to be over the age of 18 or be a registered voter. Additionally, a bipartisan team of poll workers can assist you upon request.

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