Missouri

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Motto:
Salus populi suprema lex esto (Let hthe good of the people be the supreme law of the land)


Constitution

Missouri voters cast 3,025,962 ballots in the 2020 general election, putting statewide turnout at about 66%. The state swung heavily for incumbent Donald J. Trump, who won its 10 electoral votes with 56.8% of the popular vote. Missouri was considered a ‘bellweather’ state throughout the 20th Century, though it has continued to trend reliably Republican within the 21st Century. It has consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates since 2000.

Missouri has a bicameral legislature with 34 senators and 163 representatives. Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 2003. Governor Mike Parson (R), whom Donald Trump endorsed as president in 2020, is not eligible for re-election in 2022, due to term limits.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseIllness, disability, religious belief/practice, employment as an election authority, or address confidentiality safety concerns.SB0631 amended state law to add infected with or in an at-risk category for COVID-19 to list of excuses.HB0411 (in committee) would allow eligible voters confined in jail (but not charged) to vote absentee.
AutomaticNoAny registered voter could cast a notarized absentee ballot in the 2020 general election.HB1362 (in committee) would prohibit the sending of unsolicited absentee ballot request forms.
Deadline5PM on the Wednesday before Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Missouri averages a 63% rating, reflecting its more right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.

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