Voting in Missouri

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This page has information relating to voting in Missouri. For full information contact your state election agency.

Registration

Missouri uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.

To vote in Missouri, you must meet the following requirements:[1]

  • 17.5 years of age to register, 18 years of age to vote
  • US Citizen
  • Missouri Resident

When and where

There are three ways to register to vote in Missouri:[1]

  • Print an application and return it by mail.
  • Pick up an application from a county clerk's office and return it by mail.
  • Request that an application be sent to you and return it by mail.

All returned applications must be postmarked at least 27 days prior to Election Day in order to be counted.

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of July 2014, Missouri is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting on election day

Voters must present a document to prove their identity before voting. Valid documents include: a driver's license or state-issued ID card, a U.S. passport or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.[2]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Missouri, all polling places are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time.[3]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting

Eligibility

You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons:[4]

  • Will be absent from your voting jurisdiction on election day
  • Are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, or caring for an incapacitated person
  • Are restricted by religious belief or practice
  • Are employed by an election authority
  • Are incarcerated but have retained all your voting qualifications

Deadlines

To vote absentee a request must be received by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned by 5 p.m. the day before the election if returned in person or the close of polls on election day.[4]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

There is no early voting in Missouri.

Proposed changes

2013

A bill was proposed in the 2013 Missouri State Legislature that would have required photo identification when voting at the polls, with some exceptions. It passed the House, but did not receive a vote in the Senate.[5]

Bill Introduced House Vote Senate Vote Gubernatorial Action
HB 48 Dec. 10, 2012 in Missouri House of Representatives Approveda on Feb. 14, 2013, 105 to 48

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