Registration Deadline: Voters must register in person by the Election Day deadline if registering by mail, your voter registration must be postmarked by the fourth Wednesday prior to the election.
Party Affiliation: Since Missouri has open primaries, every eligible registered voter may select the party ballot of their choice. However, primary voters may select only one party's ballot. Voters who do not wish to give a political party preference may request an issues only ballot, if one is available in that particular jurisdiction.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: must be 17 ½ years of age to register and 18 years on or before Election Day.
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a Missouri resident
Mental Competency: Must not be adjudged incapacitated by any court of law.
Felony Convictions: Cannot vote while in prison, while on probation or parole after the conviction of a felony, cannot have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor connected with voting
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
In person: Voters can register at any of the following locations:
-Any Department of Motor Vehicles or state agency providing a service to the public
By fax: Contact your local county clerk for faxing options.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee:
Registered Missourians who will not be able to go to their polling place on Election Day may vote absentee beginning six weeks prior to an election. Absentee voters must provide one of the following reasons for voting absentee:
- Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote;
- 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;
- Religious belief or practice;
- 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;
- Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Missouri application for absentee ballot. Absentee forms cannot be submitted online, they must be mailed or turned in physically to your election authority.
In person: Voters can request absentee ballots from their local election authority in person.
By mail: Mail an online form to your local election authority. Voters requesting an absentee ballot by mail who have registered by mail and have not voted in person are required to submit a copy of their personal identification unless they provided a copy with their registration application. Examples of acceptable identification are:
-Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state;
-Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof;
-Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri;
-A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter;
-Driver's license or state identification card issued by another state; or
-Other identification approved by the secretary of state;
This identification requirement, as well as the notary requirement for absentee ballots, does not apply to overseas voters, those on active military duty or members of their immediate family living with them or voters who are permanently disabled and their caregivers.
Military and overseas voting: If you are not registered to vote, you can register and request your absentee ballot at the same time using the Federal Post Card Application(FPCA). On this form you will select how you wish to receive your blank ballot, which may be sent to you by mail, fax, or email. More information for Military and Overseas Voters available.
Other absentee ballot information: Absentee ballot requests may also be faxed to your local county clerk.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: Voters can vote by absentee in the office of the local election authority until 5:00 p.m. the night before the election.
Early voting qualifications: Early voting is available through the absentee ballot process; voters can vote by absentee in the office of the local election authority until 5:00 p.m. the night before the election.
Verifying Registration: Missouri voter registration verification
Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org/
Polling Place: Missouri Polling place finder
-ID issued by the United States government or agency thereof
-ID issued by a Missouri institution (public or private) of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school;
-A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter;
-Driver's license or state identification card issued by another state.
If you do not possess any of these forms of identification, you may still cast a ballot if two supervising election judges, one from each major political party, attest they know you. See more examples of acceptable identifications to vote.
Problems with voting: File a grievance with the Secretary of State's Office if you believe your voting rights have been violated. You can also contact the Missouri Office of the Secretary of State at (800) 669-8683 or the U.S. Department of Justice at (800) 253-3931. See more information on HAVA for Missouri.
Verifying provisional ballot status: Provisional ballot envelopes, provided by the secretary of state's office, will have a tear away section containing a unique identification number and a toll free phone number. Individuals who cast provisional ballots may, after the election results have been certified, call the toll free phone number provided to them on the tear away section of their provisional ballot envelope. Only the individuals who have cast provisional ballots are permitted to use this service to verify the status of their own provisional ballot.
Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your County Clerk/Election Official or contact your Secretary of State's Election Division at (800) NOW-VOTE or firstname.lastname@example.org