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ALERT: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) all Missouri voters may vote by mail for the November 3rd elections. All voters may vote absentee with a notarization of the ballot envelope, and voters in at-risk categories for contracting or transmitting COVID-19 are eligible to vote absentee by mail WITHOUT getting the envelope notarized. ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS MUST BE SENT TO THE APPROPRIATE LOCAL ELECTION AUTHORITY BY THE DEADLINE IN ORDER TO BE VALID. For more information, or to request an absentee ballot, click here.

 

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Early Voting

In person absentee voting for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election begins on September 22nd and ends on November 2nd. You may request and ca... Read More

Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all Missouri voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: General
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Registration Deadlines

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
By Mail
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
In Person
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
There are no additional election dates scheduled at this time.

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Missouri Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Process

ALERT: ALERT: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) all Missouri voters may vote by mail for the November 3rd election. All voters may vote absentee with a notarization of the ballot envelope, and voters in at-risk categories for contracting or transmitting COVID-19 are eligible to vote absentee by mail WITHOUT getting the envelope notarized.

The last day to request an absentee ballot is 13 days before the election (October 21, 2020). You can return your absentee ballot request form through the mail, in person, by fax or by email. Voted ballots must be received by Election Day in order to be counted. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day.

For more information, or to request an absentee ballot, click here.

If you requested an absentee ballot, but decide you want to vote in person, please contact their local election authority for further instructions.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

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Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Official results are not available on Election Day. Official election results will be uploaded on Missouri’s Secretary of State website as they become available.

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Drop Boxes

No drop boxes are available. You can hand-deliver your absentee ballot to your local election authority. You can look up the address of your local election authority here. Mail-in ballots must be returned through the USPS

Early Voting

In person absentee voting for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election begins on September 22nd and ends on November 2nd. You may request and cast your ballot by visiting your election authority and completing an absentee ballot application.

Please check out Absentee Voting to see how to vote before Election Day.

Election Dates

The next election date can be found here https://www.vote411.org/missouri.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote you must be:

  • 17.5 years old and 18 years old by Election Day
  • A U.S. citizen
  • A Missouri resident and must be registered to vote in the jurisdiction of the person's domicile prior to the election
  • Not confined under a sentence of imprisonment
  • Not on probation or parole after the conviction of a felony
  • Not convicted of a felony or misdemeanor connected with voting or the right of suffrage
ID Needed for Voter Registration

When registering in person, you are required to present a form of personal ID.

Accepted forms or ID are:

  • ID issued by the Federal Government, state of Missouri or a local election authority (For example: Missouri driver's license, US Passport, etc.)
  • ID issued by a Missouri institution (public or private) of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical schools
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains your name and address
  • Driver's license or state ID card issued by another state

If you do not have any of these accepted forms of ID, you may still cast a ballot if two supervising election judges, one from each major political party, attest they know you.

ID Needed for Voting?

You must show an acceptable form of ID (doesn't have to be photo ID) and sign the poll book to get your ballot.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • ID issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state
  • ID issued by the United State Government
  • ID issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located in Missouri
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that has your name and address on it

You can see samples of acceptable forms of ID here.

If you do not have any acceptable forms of ID, you may vote a provisional ballot. You can learn more about provisional voting here.

You may be eligible for a free Missouri nondriver license for voting purposes. You can contact the Missouri Department of Revenue to find out how you can get a free nondriver license at any time. The Missouri Secretary of State can help you get the official documents you need to obtain your free nondriver license. You can request help here.

 

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Missouri, you must:

  • Be registered to vote in Missouri
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Political affiliation preferred
  • Be a resident of the jurisdiction
  • Complete required training
  • Be entitled to compensation
  • Students 15-17 years old must have full time attendance in a Missouri school

To sign up fill out his form or check with your local county board .

Polling Place Hours

The polls will be open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

If your name does not appear on the poll book and you are eligible to vote at that precinct, you may be entitled to vote a provisional ballot. Every effort will be made to determine your eligibility and your correct polling place so you can cast a regular ballot.

Provisional Ballots are counted two weeks after the election.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

You may bring anyone you choose to assist you with voting if you cannot read or write, are blind or have some other physical disability and cannot vote your ballot. If you require assistance and do not bring a person to assist you, you are entitled to receive assistance from an election judge. You must request assistance, and upon your request, two election judges from different political parties will assist you. Depending on the number of judges present and voter turnout, there may be a wait for an election judge to assist you.

If you have limited mobility you can vote curbside or outside the polling place. You just need to ask someone at your polling location to have a poll worker bring your ballot out to you.

If you have a physical disability and your polling location is not accessible, you may request a different polling place assignment. Please contact your local election authority for more information.

If you have a question regarding a specific required assistance, please contact your local election authority to determine what assistance is available at your polling place.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Registration Deadline

In order to be registered to vote in an election, you need to be registered by the fourth Wednesday before the election. If you register after that time, you are registered to vote in the next elections.

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!

Time Off To Vote

Employers must grant employees up to three hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three consecutive hours before or after regular working shift. Employees must request this time prior to Election Day, and the employer may specify when during the working day employees may take time off.

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration status

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Voting Machines

The voting systems used in Missouri are optical scan and punch card.

Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.

Punchcards: With a punchcard system, when you sign in at the polling place, the poll workers will give you one or more cards. These cards are usually about 8 inches by 3 inches, with small rectangles that can be punched out. You take your cards to a small private table. You'll see a booklet mounted on a frame. The frame will have a place for you to slide your first card in. Make sure that it's in all the way and lined up correctly. If you're not sure, ask one of the poll workers to make sure you've got it right. The table also has a little device (often a metal stylus or stick) that you use to punch holes next to the name of the person or ballot measure you want to vote for. Give it a firm punch, so it pushes out that little cardboard rectangle or chad. You may have to look at the booklet carefully so that you punch the right hole lined up with the person you want to vote for. Often there is a little arrow that helps you find the right hole. Some punchcards have the names of the candidates written right on the cards. You may need to vote on more than one card. Look it over carefully, so you put the right card in the right slot. Some punch card systems use both sides of the card, so look on the back of each card too. Check to see that all the holes are punched all the way through and there are no little pieces of cardboard (chad) hanging from your card. When you are done, pick up all your cards. There may be an envelope to put your cards in. Take your cards over to the ballot box and put the cards into the box.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.

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