Do I have to get my absentee ballot notarized? Must a notary watch me vote my ballot?

Any voter who will be out of town, away at college or absent on election day must have his ballot envelope notarized. A notary will not watch a voter color-in the circles on his/her ballot. A notary will only ’witness’ the voter’s signature. Any envelope that is required to be notarized, but is not notarized, will not be opened and, in accordance with Missouri law, will not be counted. Any voter who has requested and received an absentee ballot for health reasons is not required to have the ballot envelope notarized.

Note: Regardless of the notary requirement, all ballot envelopes must contain the signature of the voter. Failure to include the signature on the envelope will result in the ballot inside the envelope not being counted.

A voter should never sign his/her name on the ballot itself or allow anyone else to write on the ballot.

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1. When does absentee voting begin?
2. I am going to be out of town, but I still want to vote, what are my options?
3. Does Missouri have Early Voting?
4. How do I vote absentee vote? Does Missouri have "No Excuse Absentee Voting"?
5. Where do I absentee vote? What is the deadline to absentee vote?
6. If I vote absentee, will it count? I heard it doesn't count!
7. I am disabled. How do I get a ballot sent to me every election?
8. I have received my absentee ballot, what do I do now? When do I send it back?
9. I have requested but never received my absentee ballot, why?
10. My child is away at college, may I request a ballot for him/her?
11. Do I have to get my absentee ballot notarized? Must a notary watch me vote my ballot?
12. What should I do about my voter registration if I marry, move or change my name?
13. I moved to Jefferson County from St. Louis County/City and I was registered to vote there, am I still registered to vote?