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Secretary of State notifies voters of registration deadline following court ruling

Secretary of State notifies voters of registration deadline following court ruling

October 3rd, 2018 by Bob Watson in Local News

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft looks at notes during a voter registration meeting at the the National Association of Secretaries of State conference, Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Next Wednesday — Oct. 10 — is the deadline for Missourians to register to vote so they are able to participate in the Nov. 6 general election.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's office said Tuesday it has mailed 22,404 notices, which included a voter registration application, to Missourians who changed their mailing address on driver and non-driver licenses with the state Department of Revenue between Aug. 1, 2017, and Sept. 26, 2018 — but whose address change information wasn't passed on to local election officials.

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Wimes granted part of a preliminary injunction sought by the League of Women Voters of Missouri and the St. Louis and Kansas City chapters of the A. Philip Randolph Institute against the state's Department of Revenue because it failed to notify election officials of changes of address that were made for driver's and non-driver's licenses.

Wimes ruled that failure violated the National Voter Registration Act, or NVRA — which many people call the Motor Voter law.

Ashcroft noted in a news release that the Department of Revenue revised its change of address process around Aug. 1, 2017 — effectively eliminating the step through which customers could update their address with the secretary of state's office or local election authority at the same time.

If individuals used the department's driver or non-driver license change-of-address procedure online, or on Form 4160, they will receive a notification with instructions to check their voter registration information or register to vote.