FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 316
93RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES HOSKINS (Sponsor), HUBBARD,
BLAND AND SANDERS BROOKS (Co-sponsors).
Read 1st time January 25, 2005 and copies ordered printed.
STEPHEN S. DAVIS, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 115.277, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to absentee voting.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 115.277, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 115.277, to read as follows:
115.277. [1. Except as provided in subsections 3, 4 and 5 of this section,] Any registered voter of this state may vote by absentee ballot for all candidates and issues for which such voter would be eligible to vote [at the polling place if such voter expects to be prevented from going to the polls to vote on election day due to:
(1) Absence on election day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote;
(2) 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;
(3) Religious belief or practice;
(4) 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;
(5) Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained.
2. Any person in federal service, as defined in section 115.275, who is eligible to register and vote in this state but is not registered may vote only in the election of presidential and vice presidential electors, United States senator and representative in Congress even though the person is not registered. Each person in federal service may vote by absentee ballot or, upon submitting an affidavit that the person is qualified to vote in the election, may vote at the person's polling place.
3. Any interstate former resident, as defined in section 115.275, may vote by absentee ballot for presidential and vice presidential electors.
4. Any intrastate new resident, as defined in section 115.275, may vote by absentee ballot at the election for presidential and vice presidential electors, United States senator, representative in Congress, statewide elected officials and statewide questions, propositions and amendments from such resident's new jurisdiction of residence after registering to vote in such resident's new jurisdiction of residence.
5. Any new resident, as defined in section 115.275, may vote by absentee ballot for presidential and vice presidential electors after registering to vote in such resident's new jurisdiction of residence].