2020 Voting Options
During the August primary and November general elections in 2020, Missouri voters will be eligible to cast ballots by mail with notarization of the ballot envelope, and voters in at-risk categories for contracting or transmitting COVID-19 are eligible to vote by absentee ballot without obtaining notarization. A two-page summary of your options is linked below, and links to the revised absentee application and mail-in ballot application are available below.
Absentee Applications may be returned via mail, email or fax
Mail-in Ballot Request can only be received via USPS mail or in person to the County Clerk’s Office
Note: Your ID must be verified by the Clerk’s Office prior to Absentee voting.
Absentee Voting In-Person
In-Person is done at the Clerk’s Office
100 West Church, Room 304
We are located on the 3rd floor of the Historic Christian County Courthouse.
The Christian County Clerk’s Office must receive your mailed or faxed application by 5:00 pm the 2nd Wednesday prior to the election to mail your ballot.
How the vote-by-mail process works
Once your application is processed you will receive a ballot in the mail. Follow the steps below to make sure that your ballot is counted.
Important: You must sign the return envelope and your ballot must be postmarked or received by the election’s office before the polls close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.
- Mark your ballot
- Mark your ballot using a dark ballpoint pen.
- To vote for a candidate, fill in the oval to the left of the candidate’s name of your choice.
- To vote on any measure, fill in the oval next to the word Yes or the word No.
- If you make a mistake, you can request a replacement ballot by contacting the election’s office.
- Review your ballot
- If you vote for more candidates than allowed or if you vote both Yes and No on a measure, your vote will not count for that candidate or measure.
- You do not have to vote on all contests. Those you do vote on will still count.
- Check both sides of your ballot for voting contests.
- Sign and seal your ballot envelope
- Important:Sign the return envelope or your ballot cannot be counted.
- You must have your envelope notarized unless you are voting by mail because you have a disability, illness, a caregiver, military or overseas citizen.
- Returning your ballot
- Important:If you return your ballot to the Christian County Clerk’s office you must do so at or before 7:00 pm on Election Day.
Per Statute 115.291.1, You or a relative can return your ballot. The relative must be one of the following:
When your ballot is received
Your signature on the return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card.
- On Election Day, your ballot will be removed from the envelope and placed in a separate pile from the envelopes to protect your privacy.
- All verified absentee ballots are counted on Election Day in every election, regardless of the outcome or closeness of any race.
- Call the Christian County Clerk’s office at 417-582-4340 after Election Day if you have questions about your absentee ballot.
County Clerk’s Office Phone: 417-582-4340 Fax: 417-581-8331