While the Missouri Supreme Court did not waive the notary requirement for absentee and mail-in ballots in 2020 elections, the justices did issue a reminder that the rules allow voters who expect to be confined due to illness or caring for someone who is ill or disabled on Election Day to use that excuse to vote absentee without a notary. The case was brought by the Missouri League and NAACP.
In a separate case, Federal District Judge Brain Wimes ruled that voters can return both the new "mail-in ballots" and regular absentee ballots to local election authorities. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft successfuly appealed that ruling, saying the legislature required that the new ballots be returned by mail.
Voters can turn in absentee ballots in person but it's too late to mail the new "mail-in ballots." They can be exchanged for a regular ballot on Election Day.
The League provided free notary services to dozens of voters at its office in Brentwood. A notary is not required for voters using in-person absentee voting at local election authorities or satellite voting sites.