In the last hour of the legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly approved changes to the absentee ballot process. SB631 allows voters over the age of 65 or who have an underlying condition the CDC says puts them at higher risk of COVID-19 to use the second excuse of confined due to illness that doesn't require a notary. The bill adds a new excuse for other Missouri voters to request an absentee ballot during the COVID-19 pandemic but those ballots must be notarized. The League believes voters should not have to put their health at risk to vote in 2020 elections. The conference committee did eliminate strict Photo ID requirements and changes to the initiative petition process for citizens that the League opposed. As of June 2, the Governor had not signed this legislation.
Missouri League and NAACP are appealing a Cole County Circuit Court ruling in an absentee ballot lawsuit to the Missouri Supreme Court.