Becoming a state on August 10, 1821, Missouri was the 24th state to enter the US. The state capital is Jefferson City and the biggest city is Kansas City. Missouri is the 21st largest state in the US with an area consisting of just over 69,700 square miles. People who reside in the state are known as Missourians. Major industries include the growing and harvesting of corn and soybeans, the mining of lead and zinc and the making of autos and aircraft equipment. The manufacturing of beer is also a leading industry.
The state is the Presidential birthplace of Harry S. Truman, who was born in Lamar (close to Joplin) on May 8, 1884. Truman, who was the 33rd President of the US, served from 1945 to 1953.
Missouri, which has 114 counties, is home to Taum Sauk Mountain, which is the highest point in the state. The incline rises approximately 1,770 feet or 540 meters above sea level. The origin of the state’s name comes from an Algonquin Native American word, which is translated to “river of big canoes.” The state nickname is “The Show Me State” and the state motto reads – Salus populi suprema lex esto, or “The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law.” The state song is “The Missouri Waltz.” Felons feel like dancing a waltz themselves when they regain their voting rights.
Like many states in the US, Missouri restores voting rights for felons once they have completed their prison sentence as well as the requirements for probation and parole. You can find back-up information to this effect by clicking on this link.
Felon Voting Law in Missouri
According to the Secretary of State’s website in Missouri, felons are able to vote upon completion of their sentence and parole or probation. However, if you were convicted of an election offense, whether it was a misdemeanor or felony, you are barred from the electoral process. If you do not have a voter identification card or photo ID, you can present another form of ID at the voting booth. These forms of ID include –
· An ID issued by the state, an agency of the state or an area election state authority
· An ID issued by an agency of the US or the US government
· An ID issued by an institution of higher learning in Missouri, such as a college, university, or technical and vocational school
· A state ID or driver’s license issued by another state
Any of the above supporting documents will enable you to gain entry into a polling place or cast a ballot on election day.
How a Felon in Missouri Can Restore Their Voting Rights
After a felon has served his full sentence, including parole or probation (plus any costs for restitution), he can regain his right to vote. To vote or to be eligible to vote, a felon must be –
· A US citizen and resident of the state of Missouri
· 17 ½ years old, or 18 years old by the scheduled election day
· Registered to vote in the area where he lives
· Discharged fully from his prison sentence
· Discharged from probation or parole
· Considered mentally competent
Again, felons who have been convicted or a misdemeanor or felony that is connected to the electoral process are barred from voting in the state for life. In order to obtain further information about registration and voting in the state, click on the following link.
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