Lauren Arthur (Missouri State Senate 17)

Lauren Arthur

About These Calls

We are making calls for the Missouri Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign.

In addition to identifying supporters and potential volunteers for Lauren’s campaign, we are also doing some early work to help defend Senator Claire McCaskill’s seat. Senator McCaskill’s race will likely be one of the closest senate races in November, and keeping her seat is critical to winning a Democratic senate majority.

About Democratic Candidate Lauren Arthur

Lauren is currently serving her second term as State Representative for District 18. She sits on General Laws and Accounts Committees and is the ranking member on Health and Mental Health and Rules – Administrative Oversight Committees.

As a state legislator, Lauren has championed a number of policy issues. She has fought for funding for early literacy programs. She has filed legislation to bring greater transparency to elections, to protect survivors of domestic abuse and assault, and to make the Missouri Department of Revenue accountable to taxpayers.

Lauren was born and raised in the Northland area. After graduating from North Kansas City’s International Baccalaureate program, Lauren received a scholarship to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

During her time at Smith, Lauren interned at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum and the Scottish Parliament. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in History.

Lauren returned home to Kansas City to work as a middle school teacher. She taught English Language Arts at Urban Community Leadership Academy, a charter school in the urban core.  During that time, Lauren earned her Masters in Education from University of Missouri – St. Louis. Lauren worked as a Project Manager at VML, a global advertising agency headquartered in Kansas City. She now serves as Regional Director for Urban Leaders Fellowship, a program designed for early- to mid-career professionals who are looking to accelerate their leadership through a seven-week fellowship with a focus on policy and practice.

She enjoys spending time with her husband Russell and their dog Odie.

About Republican Candidate Kevin Corlew

Kevin Corlew is another Missouri House of Representatives member representing Northland.

About the Special Election

This vacancy was created when State Senator Ryan Silvey, a Republican, was appointed to the Missouri Public Service Commission, a utility regulatory board.

Voting in Missouri

Missourians can register to vote and check their registration online at

The voter registration deadline for this special election is Wednesday May 9th. Mail-in voter registration with a postmark on or before that date will be accepted.

The voter’s polling place appears in the call tool to the left of the script.

Voter ID

Voters should bring a valid photo ID (unexpired Missouri drivers or non-drivers license, unexpired federal or state-government issued photo ID, unexpired military ID that has a photo) to the polls if at all possible.

Some other forms of ID are accepted if the voter signs a statement to the election judge at the polling place. More details here.

If a voter does not have any of these forms of ID, they can cast a provisional ballot. That ballot will be counted if the signature she or he provided at the polling place matches the signature in her or his voter registration.

Early/Absentee Voting

Early and absentee voting requires an excuse. Acceptable excuses are:

  1. Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote;
  2. Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability;
  3. Religious belief or practice;
  4. Employment as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than such voter’s polling place;
  5. Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained.
  6. Certified participation in the address confidentiality program because of safety concerns.

Although Missouri does not officially offer “early voting”, a voter can obtain and cast their absentee ballot in person. Voters who have one of these excuses above can do so at the Clay County Board of Elections, 100 W. Mississippi St., Liberty, MO 64068. The hours are Thursday May 31–Friday June 1 from 8:00am–5:00pm, and Saturday June 2 from 9:00am–1:00pm.

Voters who have one of these excuses can also request an absentee ballot. For details, visit The absentee ballot request must be sent by Wednesday May 30, 2018, but it is strongly recommended to start the process earlier.

Only permanently disabled voters can request permanent vote-by-mail status in Missouri.

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