New method announced for overseas Missouri citizens to vote
JEFFERSON CITY - Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Monday Missourians serving in the military overseas will now be able to vote using a new online platform.
The program is called the Military and Overseas Voting Access Portal, and will give active service members the opportunity to register to vote, request and receive absentee ballots for all local, state and federal elections on a secure line. Kander said this is the first program in the nation of its kind.
"No eligible Missourians should be deprived of the right to vote because they're in uniform putting their lives on the line for us," said Kander, who said he voted absentee while serving in the war in Afghanistan as an Army intelligence officer. "With the Military and Overseas Voting Access Portal, we are setting a new standard for what it means to protect and promote the voting rights of those defending our country."
This program is accessible for other Missourians residing overseas, including members of the Peace Corp and faith-based charity workers. Kander established the portal in time for the statewide primary election on August 5. Kander said it will be for all future elections.
Those eligible can begin creating accounts now and will receive a ballot within 48 hours of the request.