The Webster County Clerk’s Office is responsible for all voter registration activities in the county. There are nearly 25,000 registered voters in Webster County. The County Clerk is the Election Authority for Webster County and its political subdivisions, and is also responsible for conducting all public elections. Regular elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April, August, & November. Special elections may also be called in February and June by certain public entities. Two notices displaying sample ballots and polling locations are published in the local newspaper two weeks prior to each election. Sample ballots will also be available on our website as well.
Please be advised that any time a voter moves from county to county or state to state, the voter will need to re-register to vote in their new county/state of residence. If a voter is already registered and moves to a new residence located within the same county, that voter will need to update their registration, preferably before Election Day. Registered voters that have a name change will also need to update that information with the County Clerk’s Office.
Any person who is qualified to vote, or who shall become qualified to vote on or before the day of election, shall be entitled to register in the jurisdiction within which he or she resides. In order to vote in any election for which registration is required, a person must be registered to vote in the jurisdiction of his or her residence no later than 5:00 p.m., or the normal closing time of any public building where the registration is being held if such time is later than 5:00 p.m., on the fourth Wednesday prior to the election, unless the voter is an interstate former resident, an intrastate new resident or a new resident, as defined in section 115.275. In no case shall registration for an election extend beyond 10:00 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday prior to the election. Any person registering after such date shall be eligible to vote in subsequent elections.
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- Request an Absentee or Mail-in Ballot (Nov. 3, 2020 Election)
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Register to Vote
Requirement to be a registered Voter:
- Be at least 17.5 years of age (You must be 18 years old to vote)
- Be a United States Citizen
Places that you can register to Vote:
- Libraries in Marshfield, Rogersville, & Seymour
- Any City Hall in Webster County
- County Clerk’s Office
- License Bureau
- Webster County Health Unit
- Webster County Division of Family Services
For more information, contact the Webster County Clerk’s Office at 417-859-VOTE (8683).
The State of Missouri does not permit early voting as is the practice of some other jurisdictions. However, qualified voters who have a legal reason as provided by statute may be able to cast an absentee ballot prior to any given election. All absentee voters must sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury attesting as to their legal reason for voting by absentee ballot.
During the 2020 Election cycle, registered voters who are not be able to go to their polling place on election day may vote absentee but must attest to one of the following legal reasons:
- Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote
- Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability
- Religious belief or practice
- Employment as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than such voter’s polling place
- Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained
- Certified Participation in the address confidentiality program established under Sections 589.660 to 589.681 because of safety concerns
- You have contracted or am in an at-risk category for contracting or transmitting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, pursuant to Section 115.277.6 RSMo. At-risk voters are individuals who:
- Are 65 years of age or older
- Have serious heart conditions
- Are immuno-compromised
- Have liver disease
- Live in a long-term care facility
- Have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- Have chronic kidney disease and are undergoing dialysis
- Have diabetes
All requests to receive an absentee ballot by mail must be received by our office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday immediately preceding an election. All absentee ballots voted via mail must be received by our office no later than 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election in order to be counted.
All qualified voters wishing to vote absentee in-person may do so in the County Clerk’s Office normally starting six weeks prior to the election. The County Clerk’s Office hours are normally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the Saturday immediately preceding any election.
If you are a Missouri registered voter and are qualified to vote absentee for an upcoming election, you have the following options:
- Personally come to the County Clerk’s Office located at 101 S. Crittenden St., Room 12, Marshfield, MO to vote an absentee ballot in person (if within six weeks of the election).
- Personally come to the County Clerk’s Office to complete an application for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you (if more than six weeks prior to the election).
- Personally send a written request to the County Clerk, 101 S. Crittenden St., Room 12, Marshfield, MO 65706, requesting a ballot, including the following information:
- a) Full name
- b) Voter registration number (if known)
- c) Specific (legal) reason as to why you are requesting an absentee ballot
- d) Residential address
- e) Mailing address (where to send ballot, if different than residence)
- f) Telephone number and/or e-mail address
- g) Signature
- Send a relative within the second degree by consanguinity or affinity (blood or marriage) to complete an application for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you on your behalf.
- Complete the 2020 Ballot Application Request form and submit it to the County Clerk.
If this application is for an Primary Election, please make sure to note the preferred party ballot that you wish to receive. If no party is listed, we will issue an Issues Only ballot.
For the November 3, 2020 General Election, voters in Missouri have an additional option of casting their ballot by mail. “Mail-In” ballots a similar to absentee ballots that are cast by mail, except that voters are not required to provide a reason on their ballot application.
However, voters wishing to cast a mail-in ballot should be aware that their signature on the envelope provided for returning their ballot must be notarized. Further, mail-in ballots must be returned through the mail.
Please note: the deadline for requesting to by mail – whether an ‘absentee’ or ‘mail-in’ ballot – is the second Wednesday prior to the election (October 21, 2020). Further, the deadline for returning your absentee or mail-in ballot is the 7pm on Election Day (November 3, 2020).
- Request an Absentee or Mail-in Ballot (Nov. 3, 2020 Election)
Military and Overseas Citizen Voting
If you are a voter that is in the military or federal service, one of their dependents, or are a U.S. citizen residing overseas, you have a number of options to help you cast your ballot.
One place to start is the Missouri Secretary of State’s website, which features on on-line voting portal.
Another would be to complete a document known as a “Federal Post Card Application Request for Absentee Ballot”. Qualified voters upon making complete and proper application using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) are able to designate on the form the time period in which they wish to receive absentee ballots. (FPCA will expire at the end of one year).
It is very important that qualified voters who have an FPCA form on file with this office keep their application current by providing the most up-to-date mailing address to which ballots should be sent, keeping their political party preference for primary elections current, and providing updates as to any other information contained on the FPCA form.
Election Day Workers
Qualifications: Pursuant to R.S.Mo. §115.085, “No person shall be appointed to serve as an election judge who is not a registered voter in this state; provided that, before any election authority may appoint judges who are registered voters of another election authority’s jurisdiction, the election authority shall obtain the written consent of the election authority for the jurisdiction where the prospective judges are registered to vote. Each election judge shall be a person of good repute and character who can speak, read, and write the English language. No person shall serve as an election judge at any polling place in which his or her name or the name of a relative within the second degree, by consanguinity or affinity, appears on the ballot. However, no relative of any unopposed candidate shall be disqualified from serving as an election judge in any election jurisdiction of the state. No election judge shall, during his or her term of office, hold any other elective public office, other than as a member of a political party committee or township office, except any person who is elected to a board or commission of a political subdivision or special district may serve as an election judge except at a polling place where such political subdivision or special district has an issue or candidate on the ballot. In any county having a population of less than two hundred fifty thousand inhabitants, any candidate for the county committee of a political party who is not a candidate for any other office and who is unopposed for election as a member of the committee shall not be disqualified from serving as an election judge.”
If you are interested in serving your community as an election worker, please contact the Webster County Clerk’s office at: 859-VOTE (8683).