“It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to help get souls to the polls.”
-Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
“Participating in the electoral process is not simply about supporting a political party or about furthering an agenda, but about sharing in uplifting our common life. A ballot is, in a very real sense, a statement of faith. Voting is an act of faith. In selecting leaders who will make decisions for our common good, our faith, our values, our neighbors, and our seeking to serve Christ should inform our choice.”
-Bishop Deon K. Johnson
Getting souls to the polls isn’t just about casting our own vote, but about working together so we can all vote and vote faithfully.
The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations has put together excellent election engagement resources:
- Vote Faithfully: Election Engagement Toolkit
The Diocese encourages all parishes to observe October 25 as “Vote Faithfully Sunday” to help everyone prepare for election day, reflect on our commitment to do the common good, and provide information to help others register and cast their ballots.
If you are at-risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19, you can request an absentee ballot. Voters who are considered at-risk for contracting or transmitting COVID-19 are those who:
- Are 65 years of age or older;
- Live in a long-term care facility licensed under Chapter 198, RSMo.;
- Have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;
- Have serious heart conditions;
- Are immunocompromised;
- Have diabetes;
- Have chronic kidney disease and are undergoing dialysis; or
- Have liver disease.
Any registered Missouri voter can also request a mail-in ballot from their local election authority in person or by mail. Mail-in ballot requests that are sent by mail must be received by the election authority no later than 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday prior to any election.
- Local Election Authority Contact Information
- Request for Missouri Absentee or Mail-in Ballot - November 3, 2020 General Election
- Request for Missouri Mail-In Ballot
If you are planning to vote with an absentee or mail-in ballot, remember you must have your ballot notarized. Here is a list of notaries in our diocese – all are willing to notarize any and all ballots in the community free of charge.
Diocese of Missouri Notaries:
- Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis
Notary: Justin Martin
- Christ Church, Cape Girardeau
Notary: Alyssa Bennett Smith
Contact: email@example.com or call/text (573) 576-1425. (please leave voice mail)
- Christ Church, Rolla
Notary: The Rev. Maria Evans
- Church of St. Michael & St. George, Clayton
- Diocese of Missouri / Bishop’s Office (at Christ Church Cathedral), St. Louis
Notaries: Jillian Smith; Tracy Grigsby; Rita Benson
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Webster Groves
2 notaries available for election signing
Contact: Mimi Shipp, Dir. of Communications and Invitation
- St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Ferguson
Notary: John Kavanaugh
- St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Creve Coeur
Drive-up Station for Mail-In Ballots (photo ID & mask required)
Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Notary: Lindsey ShortEmail: email@example.com
- St. Charles County/Lake St. Louis
Notary: The Rev. Christina Cobb
If you have a notary you would like published on our list or any election information news you would like to share, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.