2100.000.00 Voter Registration Requirements

2100.020.30 Interview Procedure

IM-105 October 8, 2021, IM-60 September 26, 2011, IM-64 September 3, 2009, IM-62 August 12, 2008IM-54 July 22, 2008

An eligibility specialist (ES) must present an applicant or participant with an original Missouri Voter Registration Application form at the time of the in-person interview. Blue or black ink must be used to fill out the form.

NOTE: FSD offices can print voter registration forms on paper at the county office, and may use these forms to offer voter registration service to individuals at the county office, rather than using the cardstock forms from the Secretary of State provided that these forms are printed on one sheet of paper with the registration application on one side and the declination on the other.

Have the individual mark a response to the question on the form that asks: “If you are not registered to vote where you live now, would you like to apply to register to vote here today?”

The eligibility specialist will take the following actions before giving the voter registration application to the person designated to log all voter registration applications:

  • If the individual declines to mark any box, the ES will record on the declination form the individual’s name, date of birth, the fact that s/he declined voter registration services, the date, and the ES will sign the form.  (Log as a Declined to Declare on the Voter Registration Log.)
  • If the individual marks the box “no” or “no, already registered” and signs the form, the ES will record the date and the individual’s date of birth on the form.  If the signature is not legible, record the individual’s name on the form also. (Log as a No on the Voter Registration Log.)
  • If the individual marks the box “no” or “no, already registered” and does not sign the form, the ES will record the date, the individual’s name, and date of birth on the form.  (Log as a No on the Voter Registration Log.)
  • If the individual marks “yes” but does not actually complete the voter registration application form in the office because s/he chose to take the voter registration application home to complete, the ES will complete a separate voter registration application checking “no”.  The ES will record on the separate voter registration application the individual’s name, date of birth, the fact s/he declined to complete the voter registration application in the office and instead took it home to complete, the date, and the ES’s signature. ES’s will encourage individuals to fill out the form at the office. (Log as a No on the Voter Registration Log.  When the other voter registration application form is received, log in the appropriate column.)
  • If the individual marks “yes” but does not fully complete the voter registration application form in the office either because s/he is under age or is not a United States citizen, the ES will record on the form the individual’s name, date of birth, the fact s/he indicated s/he is ineligible to register, the date, and the worker’s signature. (These incomplete voter registration applications will be logged on the voter registration log as a No.)
  • If the individual marks the box “yes” and completes the form, the ES will follow appropriate local office procedures to submit the voter registration application form to the appropriate election authority.  (Log as a Yes on the Voter Registration Log.)

If the voter registration application has a box checked, but is unsigned, do not log as Declined to Declare.  Log the voter registration application as it normally would be logged if the individual had signed the form.

Voter registration services must be offered even if the individual has previously declined to register to vote or they are already registered to vote.

NOTE: DO NOT detach the top portion of the Missouri Voter Registration Application form. The entire form must be forwarded to the election official upon completion. Refer to Section 0105.026.20 for transmission of completed forms.

Date stamp the completed Missouri Voter Registration Application above the “Code 02” line on the form. The date stamp determines when a person becomes eligible to vote. If a date stamp is unavailable, write the date by hand.

IMPORTANT: There must be nothing on the Missouri Voter Registration Application form to indicate it came from Family Support Division, other than the Code 02