SB 670
Modifies provisions relating to elections
LR Number:
Last Action:
3/2/2022 - Hearing Conducted S Local Government and Elections Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2022

Current Bill Summary

SB 670 - This act modifies various provision relating to elections. This act is substantially similar to the truly agreed to and finally passed SS/SCS/HB 1878 (2022), SCS/SB 654 (2022), HCS/HB 2140 (2022), and HS/HCS/HB 738 (2021). Certain provisions in this act are additionally identical or substantially similar to provisions in SB 633 (2022), SB 668 (2022), SB 679 (2022), SB 695 (2022), SB 738 (2022), SB 780 (2022), SB 861 (2022), SB 887 (2022), SB 1065 (2022), HB 1454 (2022), HB 1483 (2022), HCS/HB 1595 (2022), HB 1646 (2022), HCS/HB 1678 (2022), HB 1859 (2022), HB 1911 (2022), HB 1976 (2022), HCS/HB 2082 (2022), HB 2113 (2022), HB 2531 (2022), HB 2577 (2022), and HB 2630 (2022).


(Section 28.960)

The Secretary of State (SOS) is authorized to audit the voter registration records of any local election authority (LEA). Each such audit shall determine whether the LEA has performed certain voter registration list maintenance activities that are required by law. If, after completing the audit, the SOS determines that the LEA has not performed such activities, then the SOS may withhold funds from the LEA.


(Section 115.004)

The act prohibits amendments or modifications of any kind to all election laws, rules, and regulations in the 26 weeks preceding a presidential election.


(Section 115.013)

Current law defines automatic tabulating equipment as the apparatus necessary to examine and automatically count votes, including any data processing machines used for counting votes and tabulating results. This act requires such equipment to additionally be air gapped and not connected to a network.


(Sections 115.031 to 115.107)

Current law requires election commissioners to be a registered voter and a resident of the jurisdiction for which he or she is appointed for at least one year preceding his or her appointment. This act repeals the one year residency requirement. (Section 115.031)

The act stipulates that no employee of a board of election commissioners shall be required to reside and be a registered voter within the jurisdiction of the LEA unless directed by the board. (Section 115.045) The act also stipulates that no deputy county clerk shall be required to reside and be a registered voter within the jurisdiction of the county clerk unless directed by the clerk. (Section 115.051)

The act permits the committee of each major political party within the jurisdiction of a particular LEA to provide the LEA with a list of candidates for the position of election judge. If the committee fails to submit a number of candidates equal to the number of positions available for election judge, then the LEA may fill the positions as otherwise required by law.

Furthermore, if the LEA determines that a candidate submitted by the committee does not meet the qualifications for election judge, the LEA shall notify the committee and permit it to submit a new name prior to filling the position. (Section 115.081)

Current law permits a LEA to appoint election judges who are registered voters of another LEA's jurisdiction only after receiving the written consent of the other LEA. This act repeals that requirement. (Section 115.085)

Current law requires any election challenger to be a registered voter in the jurisdiction of the LEA for which the challenger is designated as a challenger. This act repeals that requirement. (Section 115.105)

The act provides that poll watchers designated by the chairman of the county political party committee shall not be required to reside within the jurisdiction of the LEA, provided that if the LEA determines that the person designated as poll watcher does not meet the qualifications to serve as a poll watcher then the chairman of the committee shall be permitted to designate a new poll watcher. The act additionally permits candidates to select his or her own poll watchers at his or her own expense, provided that such persons meet the qualifications to be a poll watcher. (Section 115.107)


(Sections 115.151 to 115.205)

This act requires the use of electronic voter registration application forms by the Director of Revenue. The Director must additionally provide for the secure electronic transfer of voter registration information to election authorities in the manner described in the act. (Section 115.160)

The act requires the Division of Motor Vehicle and Drivers Licensing to transmit voter registration application forms to the appropriate LEA not later than 3, rather than 5, business days after the form is completed by the applicant. (Section 115.151) LEAs are required to accept and process such forms. (Section 115.960)

The act requires LEAs to forward voter history to the Missouri voter registration system not later than 3 months after each election. Current law gives LEAs up to 6 months. (Section 115.157)

The act modifies the voter registration information that a LEA or the SOS may furnish to any member of the public. Specifically, in furnishing electronic media printouts containing voter registration information a LEA or the SOS may only include unique voter identification numbers, voters' names, years of birth, addresses, and townships or wards, and precincts. Furthermore, any information so furnished shall not be used for commercial purposes. (Section 115.157)

The act repeals a provision allowing a candidate, campaign committee, or a political party committee to request information regarding the names of voters within a particular jurisdiction who have requested an absentee ballot. Another provision is repealed requiring local election authorities to supply voter registration lists to all candidates and party committees that request them. (Section 115.157)

The act prohibits any person from being paid or otherwise compensated for soliciting voter registration applications, provided that a governmental entity or person paid or compensated by a governmental entity may solicit such applications. Any person who solicits more than 10 voter registration applications is required to register with the SOS for every election cycle. (Section 115.205)


(Sections 115.225 and 115.237)

The act prohibits the use of touchscreen, direct-recording, electronic vote-counting machines beginning January 1, 2024, except for use by voters who are disabled. Upon the removal of such a machine from an LEA's inventory because of mechanical malfunction, wear and tear, or any other reason, the machine shall not be replaced and no additional direct-recording electronic vote-counting machine shall be added to the LEA's inventory. Replacement of equipment for use by voters who are disabled shall be with paper ballot marking devices designed to assist voters.

Each LEA is required to be a member of the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis

Center (EI-ISAC) and must allow a cyber security assessment of their office by the SOS. If an LEA denies access for a cyber security assessment, the SOS may publicize a notice of noncompliance in a newspaper within the jurisdiction of the LEA or in electronic format. The SOS may also withhold funds from an LEA in violation of this provision unless such funding is a federal mandate or part of a federal and state agreement.

The SOS may require cyber security testing, including penetration testing, of vendor machines, programs, and systems. Failure to participate in such testing shall result in a revocation of vendor certification. Upon notice from another jurisdiction of cyber security failures or certification withholds or revocation, the SOS may revoke or withhold certification for vendors. The requirements of this provision shall be subject to appropriation for the purpose of cyber security testing. (Section 115.225)

Beginning January 1, 2024, the official ballot shall be a paper ballot that is hand-marked by the voter, or in the case of voters who are disabled who need assistance, by a paper ballot marking device designed to assist voters, except as otherwise provided by law. (Section 115.237)


(Sections 115.257 to 115.291)


Election authorities are required to cause voting machines, if used, to be put in order, set, adjusted, tested, and made ready for voting within one business day of the printing of absentee ballots for the purpose of processing any absentee ballot cast in person by a voter. (Section 115.257)


The act provides that an absentee ballot includes any ballot cast in the office of the LEA or other authorized location designated as a polling place by the LEA.

(Section 115.275(1)).


The act expands the use of absentee voting to members of the Space Force as well as their spouses and dependents. (Section 115.275) The Uniformed Military and Overseas Voters Act is also amended to include members of the Space Force as well as their spouses and dependents. (Section 115.902)


This act provides that any person may cast an absentee ballot in person at a place determined by the LEA by providing a form of personal identification required by law. (Section 115.277.1) A person may cast an absentee ballot not in person by having his or her ballot envelope notarized. (Section 115.277.2)


For persons voting absentee not in person, if the reason for such person voting absentee is due to incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, such person must expect to have such incapacity or confinement on election day. Furthermore, if the reason for voting absentee is due to being primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability, the person voting must live at the same address as the person that is being cared for. (Section 115.277.2(2))


No individual, group, or party shall solicit a person to obtain an absentee ballot application. Furthermore, absentee ballot applications shall not have any information pre-filled prior to being provided to an applicant. (Section 115.279.2)


The act stipulates that absentee ballots that are received by an LEA in person are deemed cast when received prior to election day and absentee ballots that are received through a common carrier are deemed cast when received prior to the closing of polls. Furthermore, absentee ballots received by the LEA through a common carrier such as the United States Postal Service are required to be received prior to the time fixed by law for the closing of polls on election day. (Section 115.286)


Under current law, in charter counties and the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City, if the LEA receives ten or more applications for absentee ballots from the same address it may appoint a team to deliver and witness the voting and return of absentee ballots by voters residing at that address. This act expands this provision to all LEAs and furthermore requires, rather than permits, a team to be appointed to deliver and witness the voting and return of the ballots. (Section 115.287)


(Section 115.427)

The act also modifies provisions governing forms of identification required to vote. Under current law, any person seeking to vote in a public election must provide a certain form of identification, provided that any person lacking such identification can vote without such a form of identification through the execution of a statement under the penalty of perjury averring, among other things, that the person is who they say they are. This act repeals the provision allowing persons to vote through execution of the statement under penalty of perjury. The act additionally creates new provisions governing the use of provisional ballots in the case of persons who do not possess the proper form of identification in order to vote.

The act repeals the following:

· A provision requiring the SOS to provide advance notice of the identification requirements for voting in elections;

· A provision requiring all costs associated with the implementation of the voter identification law to be reimbursed from the general revenue by an appropriation for that purpose; and

· A provision preventing the voter identification provisions from being enforced unless a sufficient appropriation of state funds is made to implement the law.


(Section 115.435)

The act provides that once a ballot has been completed by the voter and he or she successfully submits the ballot into the ballot box, the ballot is deemed cast.

This provision is identical to a provision in HB 1065 (2021).


(Section 115.302)

The act repeals a provision of law that expired in 2020 allowing for mail-in voting. (Section 115.302)



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