State Fact Sheet

Election Websites: Missouri

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MO BONE2Researchers assessed state election websites for the Pew Center on the States between May-November 2010, using detailed criteria evaluating the content, lookup tools, and usability. Websites may have changed since they were assessed. See methodology (PDF).

Strengths include:

  • Well-designed website, with easy-to-scan homepage that prominently features important information and tools for voters.
  • Lookup tools that allow voters to view their registration status, polling place location, and sample ballots.
  • Polling place locator based on street address, allowing users to access this information regardless of registration status.
  • Absentee voting information, including eligibility, applications, and deadlines to apply for and return absentee ballots.
  • A section for military and overseas voters about how to register and details about the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.
  • Concise, easy-to-scan text throughout the website, using bullet points and hyperlinks.
  • Strong accessibility for people with visual disabilities using scalable fonts to allow users to easily change the size of text on the website; text as an alternative to graphics for those who cannot see images; and high contrast between text and background colors.
  • Information organized logically, so that users do not have to jump around the site or visit multiple pages to find related content.

Recommended improvements include:

  • Offer lookup tools that allow voters to view their status of absentee ballots (29 states offer) and provisional ballots (19 offer).
  • Provide information for those who are homeless (35 states offer) or are hospitalized (27 offer), or for residents of long-term-care facilities (25 offer).
  • Create a section geared toward people with disabilities (36 states offer) that provides instruction on using special voting machines in polling places (33 offer).
  • Explain how to obtain a replacement for an absentee ballot that does not arrive in the mail (19 states offer), or is lost or damaged (18 offer).
  • Provide information on whether absentee voters can get help with marking ballots (18 states offer).
  • Explain circumstances requiring military and overseas voters to re-register (22 states offer) or renew their requests for absentee ballots (31 states offer).
  • Offer information in languages other than English (37 states offer).
  • Present nonpartisan analyses of ballot measures (24 states offer).
  • Add a site search function and place it consistently on every page.

Noteworthy Feature: Interactive Election Night Maps are updated every two minutes with voter turnout, precincts reporting, and returns for state, federal, and ballot-measure races. Visitors can also link to a page that provides the same information in a tabular display. 

Initial Quick Fix: Link to the Federal Election Commission database of campaign finance data for federal candidates (37 states offer).

Summary: Missouri's website scores well overall, but its high usability score is offset by a low score on voting information. Users have access to only three out of five recommended lookup tools for voting information. was assessed for content and lookup tools. was assessed for usability.

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