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 - November 3, 2020 

Here are some important dates concerning the November election

Beginning on September 22, 2020, in-person absentee voting is available at: Cape Girardeau County Administration Building, 1 Barton Square, 3rd Floor, Jackson, MO and Osage Center, 1625 N. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau, MO.

October 7 - Last day to register to vote for the November election. You may register online at https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/register or at the Cape Girardeau County Clerk’s office.

October 21 - Mail-in ballot requests that are sent by mail must be received by the election authority no later than 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday prior to any election.   

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

Your ballot must be received by the County Clerk by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.  However, Thomas Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president of the Postal Service, recommended that voters who choose to mail their ballots do so no later than Tuesday, October 27.


Sample Ballot

A sample ballot is available on the Cape Girardeau County Clerk webpage:



Ballot Measures for the November 2020 Election

There are two amendments on the November ballot:

Amendment 1 - "Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to extend the two term restriction that currently applies to the Governor and Treasurer to the Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor and the Attorney General?"

Amendment 3 - "Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to: Ban gifts from paid lobbyists to legislators and their employees; Reduce legislative campaign contribution limits; Change the redistricting process voters approved in 2018 by: (I) transferring responsibility for drawing state legislative districts from the Nonpartisan State Demographer to Governor-appointed bipartisan commissions; (ii) modifying and reordering the redistricting criteria."

For the full texts, please go to the Missouri Secretary of State webpage:


The League of Women Voters of Missouri opposes Amendment 3. For reasons for this opposition, please go to the LWVMO webpage:



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:


Voters will soon be able to check online whether a requested ballot has been mailed or, conversely, to see whether it has been received by the county. Check the Cape Girardeau County Clerk 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:



Thank you to our County Clerk, Kara Clark Summers, and her staff for their professional service to provide safe, legal, and accurate elections.


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:




Last Election - August 4, 2020

August Election Results

To see results of the August election, please go to these webpages:

Missouri Secretary of State:  https://enr.sos.mo.gov/

Cape Girardeau County Clerk: https://www.capecountyelections.com/election-information/election-results/

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:



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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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