Voting in Missouri
Voting in 2014 Primaries
Ballot access for major and minor party candidates
Absentee voting • Early voting
Open Primary • Closed Primary • Blanket Primary
Online voter registration in the 50 states
To vote in Missouri, you must meet the following requirements:
- 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:
- 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.
As of April 2014, Missouri is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.
Voting on election day
Pursuant to Section 115.427, RSMO Supp. 2006, before receiving a ballot, voters are required to establish their identify and eligibility to vote. Valid forms of ID include: federal or state issued IDs, a copy of a current utility bill or bank statement, or a driver's license or state identification card issued by another state. If a voter does not possess valid identification, they may still cast a ballot if two supervising election judges (one from each major political party) verify that they know the elector.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- See also: Absentee voting
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:
- 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
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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
- See also: Early voting
There is no early voting in Missouri.
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.
|Bill||Introduced||House Vote||Senate Vote||Gubernatorial Action|
|HB 48||Dec. 10, 2012 in Missouri House of Representatives||
on Feb. 14, 2013, 105 to 48
- Voter registration info
- Voter ID laws
- Missouri Secretary of State - Elections and Voting "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State Website, "Absentee Voting," accessed December 19, 2013
- CBS St. Louis, After Late-Night Filibuster, Mo. Senate Ready to Move on Tax Overhaul, May 8, 2013