Absentee Voting Information


Oral arguments in the absentee ballot lawsuit filed by LWVMO and the NAACP were heard in the Missouri Supreme Court on June 15. ACLU lawyer Sophia Lakin argued that voters should not need to have their signatures on ballot envelopes verified by a notary during the COVID-19 pandemic. The League hopes for a decision soon.

In the last hour of the legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly approved changes to the absentee ballot process for the August and November elections. Voters over 65 or with an underlying condition the CDC says are at higher risk of COVID-19 complications can use a new excuse that doesn’t require a notary. Click here for an updated form to request an absentee ballot at least two weeks before the Aug. 4 primary or Nov. 3 general election.

SB631 established a new COVID-19 excuse for healthy voters under age 65 to request a mail-in ballot, but voters using that new form will have to have their ballots notarized. To help voters understand the new options for 2020, the League has prepared a two-page Fact Sheet on Absentee Voting.

Contact your local election authority if you have any questions or would like to request a form to be placed on the permanently disabled list

If you’re not registered to vote or need to update your address, the deadlines are July 8 for the primary and Oct. 7 for the Nov. 3 general election. Register online at https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/register.

Diversity & Inclusion:
Improving Participation & Engagement with Voters
Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Guest speaker
Nikki McGruder
Director of the Inclusive Impact Institute

Here is a link to where you can view the program:

Nikki is an extremely dynamic, knowledgeable and engaging speaker. She will focus specifically on inclusivity and diversity as it relates to the very important goal of increasing voter participation and engagement.


*Here are instructions to log into this Zoom program:

Please click the link below to join the webinar (after 11:45 a.m. on June 9):
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +13017158592,,87699164658#  or +13126266799,,87699164658#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558 8656  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 9128
    Webinar ID: 876 9916 4658
    International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/k49SLLngz

Lunch and Learn and Election Forums on YouTube

Lunch & Learn and Election Forums on Zoom
Here are “Youtube” Links to the Programs:

Lunch and Learn with Kari Utterback- “Be Inclusive Every Day” – Held Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Columbia City Council Ward 1 Forum – Held Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Columbia Public School Board Candidates Forum – Held Wednesday, May 13, 2020 https://youtu.be/wNZMdrhOl5I

Three May Events on Zoom

Due to the pandemic, we have moved these three events to an online setting instead of our usual location at the Columbia Public Library. This will be on Zoom. There will be a limit of 100 individuals able to log in to each program. The detail for login information is provided below for each event.

Many people have already used Zoom and have the software loaded on their computers. If you haven’t used Zoom before, when you click on the link to enter the Zoom session, you should get a prompt to download the software. It only takes a few moments to download. 


“Be Inclusive Everyday with Everyone”
“Lunch & Learn”
May 12, 2020
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Zoom – Invitation to L&L – May 12

Guest Speaker:
Kari Utterback
Senior Administrative Supervisor
Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health & Human Services


The topic this month is Inclusivity and it is the first program in a two-part series titled “Diversity & Inclusion”. The guest speaker is Kari Utterback who has worked at promoting social diversity and cultural understanding in our community. She is a leader in the “Building Inclusive Communities” training program at the City of Columbia. 



Tuesday, May 12 – 7 p.m.
Columbia City Council Ward 1

Zoom – Invitation to CityCouncilForum-May 12

Wednesday, May 13 – 7 p.m.
Columbia School Board Candidates
Zoom- Invitation to School Bd Forum – May 13


The candidates’ and moderators’ pictures will appear on the screen along with their names. Candidates will present opening statements followed by questions from the moderator and finish with closing statements. The forums will last 35 to 45 minutes. No questions from the viewers will be accepted since this is our first experience with the format and we want to see how well it works. The forums will be recorded and a link will be provided for those who want to view them later.