Voting in Missouri

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Missouri does not permit online voter registration or early voting. It does, however, permit absentee voting, although an excuse is needed. Missouri voters are required to provide identification in order to receive a ballot.

For full information about voting in Missouri, contact your state election agency.

Registration

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

To vote in Missouri, you must be 18 years old, a United States citizen and Missouri resident.[1]

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.[2]

—Missouri Secretary of State

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 March 2015, Missouri is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

Voters must present identification at the polls. Valid forms of identification include the following: a driver's license or state-issued ID card, a U.S. passport or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.[3]

On February 18, 2015, the Missouri House of Representatives "gave initial approval ... to put a constitutional amendment before voters in 2016 and also endorsed a bill that would institute photo ID requirements if the constitutional amendment is approved." In order for the proposal to move forward, it will have to withstand a second vote in the House, as well as a vote in the Missouri State Senate. Similar proposals have failed to gain traction in the Missouri State Legislature.[4]

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.[5]

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:[6]

  • You will be absent from your voting jurisdiction on Election Day.
  • You are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, or caring for an incapacitated person.
  • You are restricted by religious belief or practice.
  • You are employed by an election authority.
  • You 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. If returned in person, the ballot must be submitted by 5 p.m. If submitted by mail, the ballot must be received by the close of polls on Election Day.[6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

There is no early voting in Missouri.

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See also

Elections in Missouri

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