The League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri is a non-partisan political organization dedicated to active citizen participation in democracy. One of the most trusted and respected organizations in our community, the League is a force for change, shaping the important issues that keep our communities strong.

We are a grassroots organization working to make democracy work. We work to influence policy through education and advocacy.  As the League of Women Voters approach our 100th anniversary, we have adopted the slogan: 

Creating a more perfect democracy.                                    
Join us in making this happen! 



In 2020, we are celebrating the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the founding of the League of Women Voters.

Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. The 19th amendment states: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

February 14th, 2020, marked 100 years that the League of Women Voters has empowered voters and defended democracy. Over the last century, we have fought for election protection, democratic reforms, and equal access to the ballot—all while maintaining our commitment to nonpartisanship and fostering an informed electorate. As we look into our next hundred years, we aim to build power for the next generation of women leaders and voting rights activists.


Coming Election - August 4, 2020

Here are some important dates concerning the August 2020 election:

July 8 - last day to register to vote for the August election. You may register online at https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/register or at the Cape Girardeau County Clerk’s office.

July 22, 5:00 p.m. - deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail for the August election.

Absentee ballots may be requested in person up until the day before Election Day.

Your absentee ballot must be received by the County Clerk by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Forum for the August Election

A forum for the August 4 primary election was sponsored jointly by the League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, and Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Candidates for these races recorded three-minute statements:

Missouri State Senate, District 27

   Holly Rehder - Republican candidate

   Kathy Swan - Republican candidate

   Donnie Owens - Democratic candidate

Missouri State Representative, District 147

   John Voss - Republican candidate

   Wayne Wallingford - Republican candidate

   Andy Leighton - Democratic candidate

Cape Girardeau County Sheriff

   Ruth Ann Dickerson - Republican candidate

   Drew Juden - Republican candidate

Also, there is information on the state-wide ballot issue, Amendment 2, concerning Medicaid.

To view the video, please go to the following link:


Also, you can watch on You Tube:



 Medicaid Expansion to be on August 4 Ballot – Amendment 2

Earlier this month, Missouri Health Care for All submitted nearly 350,000 signatures – almost twice the number required – to put Medicaid Expansion on the ballot. The Missouri Secretary of State certified the initiative and it will appear on the August 4 primary election ballot. The League of Women Voters of Missouri has endorsed this effort to expand Medicaid.

 Sample Ballot

A sample ballot for the August 4th primary election and the ballot initiative concerning Medicaid are available from the Cape Girardeau County Clerk:



Absentee Voting and Mail-In Voting Information in Effect for the Remainder of 2020

The Missouri General Assembly passed SB631 which approved changes to the absentee ballot process for the August and November 2020 elections. Governor Parson signed this bill on June 4, 2020.

Absentee Ballots that Do Not Require Notarization

Voters in at-risk categories for contracting or transmitting COVID-19 are eligible to vote by absentee ballot without obtaining notarization. At-risk voters are individuals who:

Are 65 years of age or older

Have serious heart conditions

Are immunocompromised

Have liver disease

Live in a long-term care facility licensed under Chapter 198, RSMo

Have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma

Have chronic kidney disease and are undergoing dialysis

Have diabetes

Absentee Ballots that Require Notarization 

For voters who need to vote absentee under the usual absentee reasons, the ballots must be notarized. You are eligible to vote absentee with a notarization for these reasons:

      Absence on election day from your election jurisdiction

      Religious beliefs or practice

      Working as an election worker

      Incarceration, as long as you have the right to vote

      Certified participation in an address confidentiality program

The Missouri statutes specifically say that notaries cannot charge for notarizing an absentee ballot. This is what is in the Statutes: "No notary shall charge or collect a fee for notarizing the signature on any absentee ballot or absentee voter registration."

Mail-In Ballots that Require Notarization 

SB631 established a new COVID-19 excuse for healthy voters under age 65 to request a mail-in ballot, but voters using that new form will have to have their ballots notarized. SB 631 did not authorize free notarization for mail-in ballots. As a result, to assist Missouri voters find a notary public to notarize their absentee or mail-in ballot envelopes at no cost, the Secretary of State’s Office is compiling a list of notaries who have volunteered to provide this service at no charge. The 2020 Notary List will be updated as additional notaries are added. Please see more information at:


For the full text of Senate Bill 631, please go to:


For the Request for Absentee Ballot (certain eligible categories are exempt from notarization) and the Request for Mail-in Ballot (notarization required), please go to the Missouri Secretary of State webpage:


Also, you can pick up an absentee ballot at the Cape Girardeau County Clerk’s office. For more information about absentee voting and to request an absentee ballot, please go to the Cape Girardeau County Clerk webpage:


Or you can call the County Clerk's office at (573)243-3547

Ballots may be turned in by mail or in person.

To help voters understand the new options for 2020, the League of Women Voters of Missouri has prepared a two-page Fact Sheet on Absentee Voting. Please go to:



Voter ID

In Spring 2020, the Cape Girardeau County Clerk mailed new voter ID cards. If you have not received yours, please contact the clerk's office at 573-243-3547 or kclark@capecounty.us.

However, you must have the state required ID in order to vote. For more information, please see "Show It 2 Vote" at:




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Voter Information 

How do I register to vote in MO?   

You can register to vote online at the MO secretary of State website : https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register  . 

You can register in person at any of the sites in the link below:  http://www.capecountyelections.com/voting-information/voter-registration/       

For help in registering call the County Clerk's Office at 573-243-3547.

For more information, sample ballots, and calendars, please go to:

Cape Girardeau County Clerk



Missouri Secretary of State



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