Ashcroft urges voters to use trusted sources to request ballots

RDN REPORTS
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft.

With the Wednesday, absentee and mail-in ballot request deadline looming for the Aug. 4 primary election, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft urged Missouri voters to take advantage of trusted sources of information, such as their county clerks and boards of election. Missouri voters are encouraged to contact those officials or the secretary of state’s office with any questions about the absentee or mail-in ballot application process.

“Voting is a privilege, a right, and a responsibility,” Ashcroft said. “I want to make sure Missouri voters know that ballot applications are best obtained from election officials, and to beware of third parties that email you a pre-populated ballot application once you enter your personal data. Once you hand over your personal information, you have no way of knowing how it might be used in the future.”

While state law does allow a family member to submit an absentee or mail-in ballot request for a voter, the law does not allow absentee or mail-in ballots to be submitted by a third party outside that familial relationship. 

Two weeks ago, the Secretary of State’s office became aware of an organization doing just that, and intervened on behalf of Missouri voters, according to a release from Ashcroft's office. 

“Such ballot applications, per state law, must be submitted by the voter or family member, and submission by a third party leaves some question as to whether the ballot application is valid,”  the release issued Tuesday states. 

To download an application for an absentee or mail-in ballot, visit www.GoVoteMissouri.com or download the application here or call the Secretary of State’s office at (800) 669-8683.

To find contact information for a local election authority, residents can select their county from the drop-down list found on the Secretary of State’s website.