What are the important dates and deadlines I should know about?
Tuesday, September 25
- Absentee ballots become available
Wednesday, October 10
- Last day to register to vote in the November election
Wednesday, October 31: 5:00 PM
- Deadline for requesting a mail-in/faxed absentee ballot
Monday, November 5: 5:00 PM
- Deadline for casting an in-person absentee ballot
Tuesday, November 6: 6:00 AM-7:00 PM
- Election Day! Polls are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM. If you are in line at 7:00 PM, you can vote. Absentee ballots must be received by 7:00 PM.
What ID do I need to vote?
The short answer: None. Under Missouri’s new law, eligible, registered voters are allowed to vote regardless of what identification they bring to their polling place.
However, it is faster and easier to vote if you bring a photo ID with you to the polls. Every Missouri voter is legally entitled to a free photo ID for the purpose of voting.
Non-expired photo ID
Show one of these and vote normally:
- MO driver’s license
- MO non-driver’s license
- Military ID
Show one of these, sign a statement, then vote normally:
- Document issued by the MO government (Medicaid card, birth certificate, state employee ID card)
- Document issued by the US government (Social Security card, Medicare card, federal employee ID card)
- ID issued by a Missouri institute of higher education
- Current copy of a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check
- Sign a provisional ballot envelope and cast a provisional ballot. As long as your signature on the envelope matches the signature the election authority has on file for you, your vote will be counted normally.
How do I register to vote?
You can register online, via mail, or in person at your election authority, your public library, or your local license office.
- If you move to a new county or election jurisdiction within Missouri, you must register to vote again. If you move from Kansas City within Jackson County to anywhere else, even somewhere within Jackson County, you must register again.
- For more information on how to register, see https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register.
- To make sure you’re registered, check here: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup/.
How do I find my polling place?
- Residents of every county except Boone County can search here: https://voteroutreach.sos.mo.gov/PRD/VoterOutreach/VOSearch.aspx.
- Boone County residents can search here: https://report.boonecountymo.org/mrcjava/servlet/VR01_MP.I00680s.
Contact your election authority if you do not receive a notification card in the mail before the election and you do not know where to vote.
How do I vote absentee?
- In-person absentee ballots become available in your election authority’s office six weeks before Election Day
- Mail-in absentee ballots must be notarized before they are mailed
- Individuals with permanent disabilities can apply to be on the permanent absentee list. Those voters automatically receive absentee ballots in the mail before every election, and those ballots do not have to be notarized.
Can I vote if I’ve been convicted of a felony?
People serving time for a felony conviction may not vote until imprisonment, probation, and/or parole for that conviction have ended, immediately after which their voting rights are restored. Anyone convicted of a felony or misdemeanor related to voting permanently loses their right to vote.
How do I update my name and/or address?
If your name or address changes, the election authority does not automatically receive that information. You can update it with them at any point. You can find your local election authority at https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority.
Who do I reach out to if I have questions?
The Voter Protection Team is available at 314-365-4232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.