Independent non-profit Pew Charitable Trusts ranks Missouri 8th in the country in its election administration performance assessment. Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) says Missouri was ranked 13th before he took office in 2013.
Pew also analyzed the 2014 election cycle through its Elections Performance Index.
Missouri was recognized for its performance in five key areas:
- Online voter registration
- Data completeness
- Low rate of voter registration rejections
- Low rates of provisional ballots cast and rejected
- Low rates of rejection among military and overseas absentee ballots
Kander touts being the first secretary of state to allow Missouri voters to complete and submit a voter registration application online. He also credits debuting in 2014 the first-of-its kind Military and Overseas Voting Access Portal, which allows Missourians abroad or serving away from Missouri to securely register to vote and request and receive absentee ballots for all local, state and federal elections.