League of Women Voters is spreading word about vote-by-mail option

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To the editor:

Thank you, Editor Gloria Lloyd, for bringing attention to absentee and mail-in voting in Missouri. The League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis is spreading the word about these options for November.

In the June election in St. Louis County, over 47,000 absentee ballots were cast.

However, the biggest reason absentee ballots are rejected is because they arrive at the election authority too late. The League reminds voters who are mailing in their ballots to mail them by Saturday, Oct. 24, which is 10 days before Election Day.

The other top reasons for mail-in ballot rejection are the ballot is not notarized or the ballot envelope is not signed. Unless the voter is over 65 or using a health excuse, the ballot must be notarized. Signatures are required every time you vote, in person or by mail. Not one St. Louis County absentee ballot was rejected in June due to signature mismatch.

Since the safety of polling places is uncertain for many folks, we fear people may choose not to vote. Lack of participation in the election process hurts our democracy, because it takes all voters’ voices to make this a representative government. The League is encouraging everyone who has the desire to vote from home to vote absentee or by mail-in ballot.

Angie Dunlap
LWVSTL 1st Vice President