Obtaining Voter Registration Applications
Any individual or organization conducting voter registration drives may obtain and use uniform, pre-printed state applications. These applications can be obtained through your local county clerk/election authority. The request must be in writing and include the requester’s name, address, and telephone number.
Contact the Cape Girardeau County Clerk’s Office for applications.
Requests for a large number of applications should be made through the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office.
Incomplete Applications: Do not fill in any missing information on a registration form unless you have permission from the applicant.
Missouri law prohibits any person who agrees or offers to submit a voter registration application for another person from knowingly destroying, defacing, or concealing such voter registration applications.
Anyone who offers to submit a completed voter registration application on another’s behalf must do so within seven (7) days of accepting or receiving the application.
The Cape Girardeau County Clerk’s office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Missouri law does not require training for registration drives. Please contact the Cape Girardeau County Clerk’s Office or Missouri Secretary of State’s Office if you have any questions.
Registration Requirements of Voter Registration Solicitors
Any person who is paid or is otherwise compensated for soliciting more than ten voter registration applications in an election cycle must be registered with the Secretary of State as a Voter Registration Solicitor.
Any paid registration solicitor must be at least eighteen years of age and registered to vote in the state of Missouri. (Section 115.205.1 RSMo.)
Volunteers are not required to provide any information or notification to the Missouri Secretary of State or other election official about their voter registration drive activities.
It is against the law to pay or compensate any person for registering voters based on:
- The number of voters they register
- The number of voter registration applications they collect
- The number of voter registration applications they submit to election officials
More information about these laws can be found in Chapter 115 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.
For more information, contact:
Office of the County Clerk
(573) 243-3547 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Missouri Secretary of State
(573) 526-3242 or email@example.com
This Guide was prepared by County Clerk staff who are not licensed to practice law in Missouri and the County Clerk’s Office intends that the information contained herein is only used as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Missouri legal professional.