WGPC offers notary event for voters

Voters who plan to mail in their votes for the August 4 election can have their ballots notarized at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, 45 Lockwood Ave. on July 19 and 26 from noon until 3 p.m.

Those who attend should wear a mask and bring their completed ballot, envelope and identification.

A new law will permit all Missouri’s registered voters to mail in their votes for the August and November elections if they choose, but most people will need to have those ballots notarized. Only those who are  “at risk” for COVID-19 or are incapacitated, confined due to either illness or physical disabilities or are a caregiver of an incapacitated person or confined person won’t need a notary.

Members of the church’s Advocacy Team took it upon themselves to recruit notaries to ensure that everyone who wants to cast a ballot by mail can vote, said co-chair Janice Seele.

“So many people are afraid to go to the polls because of COVID, and our historic poll workers, who are usually older are afraid. There are going to be fewer polling places and many more people who want to mail in their ballots,” she said. “With Medicaid expansion on the ballot, we wanted to make it easier. Usually, notaries can be found at banks, Federal Express Offices and UPS offices, but they aren’t always convenient especially on the weekends. We want to make it easier for people to participate in the democratic process.”

Time is short for voters who plan to request a mail-in ballot. Requests must be received by their local election authority by July 22 at 5 p.m. Find the form here.  Addresses to mail your ballot into local election authorities are available here. Mail-in ballots must be received by the close of the polls on the date of the election.

Again those who are at risk for COVID-19 will NOT have to have their ballots notarized. Those qualifications include people who are —

  • 65 years of age or older;
  • Live in a long-term care facility licensed under Chapter 198, RSMo.;
  • Have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;
  • Have serious heart conditions;
  • Are immunocompromised;
  • Have diabetes;
  • Have chronic kidney disease and are undergoing dialysis; or
  • Have liver disease.

 

 

 

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