National Voter Registration (NVR) Manual

2100.020.00 Distribution of Voter Registration Forms

IM-118 November 16, 2021; IM-105 October 8, 2021; IM-60 September 26, 2011; IM-64 September 3, 2009; IM-6 February 5, 2009; IM-62 August 12, 2008

The Family Support Division (FSD) is required by law to offer the opportunity to register to vote.  FSD staff members are required to offer the same degree of assistance to individuals in completing the voter registration application forms as is offered to individuals in completing other agency forms, unless they refuse such assistance (refer to 2100.030.00 Form Completion Assistance).

Voter registration services must be made available to all public assistance participants and applicants. This includes all members in a household who could register to vote. Voter registration services are to be made available at all contacts (including home visits and telephone calls) for:

  • application for any Income Maintenance (IM) program, including Child Care (CC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recertifications;
  • SNAP mid-certification reviews, Temporary Assistance (TA) reviews, MO HealthNet (MHN) reviews; and
  • a change of address report

NOTE: Offer to send voter registration forms with the participant for other individuals listed in the household who may want to register to vote but are not physically present in the FSD location.

Voter registration services must also be made available for non-applicants who come into the FSD location and request voter registration services.

Refer to Section 2100.020.70 for special procedures for out-of-state residents.

Do not deny anyone the right to complete and submit a voter registration application form. Election officials will determine if eligibility requirements are met.

Homeless individuals who come into an FSD location are to be given the same opportunity to register to vote as those who have a permanent residential address. Not having a fixed, permanent residence does not disqualify an individual from the voting process.  The individual can list the general area in which s/he stays, the address for a shelter at which s/he stays, a relative’s address where s/he stays, etc. as their address on the form. The individual should not list the FSD location’s address for the “address where you live” on this form. Send the voter registration application forms for homeless individuals to the local election authority following normal processes for the FSD location.

When an authorized representative (AR) makes an application for benefits, offer voter registration services to the AR.  Do not ask the AR to complete and sign the Missouri Voter Registration Application for the participant.  If the AR chooses, s/he may take a Missouri Voter Registration Application to the participant/applicant.

The eligibility system sends the Missouri Voter Registration Application (VR-100)  or MO 231-0167 when any of the following forms is sent:

  • TA Eligibility Review Form (FA-202),
  • MHN Eligibility Review Information Form (FA-402),
  • MHN Review Form (MAGI) (IM-1U),
  • CC Reapplication/Review Form (FA-502),
  • Notice of Expiration of SNAP Benefits (FA-520), and
  • SNAP Mid-Certification Review Form (FA-545).
  • Only one VR-100 or MO 231-0167 generates to a household on a specific day.

If a participant brings the VR-100 with them to the location, accept and process the form. Do not offer the participant another Missouri Voter Registration Application on that visit.  If a participant mails in the VR-100 along with his or her application for benefits or review form and then later comes into the FSD location to complete an in-person interview, make another application for benefits, report a change of address, or request voter registration services only, he or she must be presented with another Missouri Voter Registration Application at the time of the visit.

If an individual calls to request a voter registration application be mailed, offer to mail the form which staff will print from the FSD Intranet page, and also advise the caller that the individual can print a voter registration application from the Internet. An individual may download and print the Voter Registration application from the Department of Social Services Internet website at the following:

The form can be completed and mailed to an FSD location either with or without an application for assistance. Enter information from the voter registration application in ITrackRS if returned by mail. The individual’s name is entered in ITrackRS if it is an in-person application, recertification, review, or request for voter registration services.