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DATES AND DEADLINES

  • General Election: Tuesday, November 3
  • Early Voting: Not available
  • Voter Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 7
  • Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail or fax: Wednesday, October 21
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot in person: Monday, November 2
  • Mail-in & Absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3 (Recommend mailing by Tuesday, October 27 at the latest)

REGISTERING TO VOTE

  • Click HERE to see if you’re registered to vote.
  • Click HERE to register to vote.

FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE

  • Click HERE to find your polling location.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN IN-PERSON, MAIL-IN AND ABSENTEE VOTING

  • In-Person Voting: Casting a ballot in-person on Election Day guarantees your vote will count. It’s the safest, most secure way to make your voice heard.
  • Absentee Voting
    • You’re eligible to vote absentee without a notary if due to:
      • People confined due to illness or disability
      • Caretakers of people confined due to illness or disability
      • Having contracted coronavirus or are at-risk due to the following:
        • People confined due to illness or disability
        • Caretakers of people confined due to illness or disability
        • Age 65 or older
        • Living in a long-term care facility
        • Chronic lung disease/asthma
        • Serious heart condition
        • Immunocompromised
        • Diabetes
        • Chronic kidney disease and undergoing dialysis
        • Liver disease
    • You’re eligible to vote absentee with a notary if due to:
      • Religious beliefs or practice
      • Working as an election worker
      • Incarceration, if still eligible to vote
      • Absence on Election Day from your election jurisdiction
      • Certified participation in an address confidentiality program
    • How to obtain an absentee ballot
      • Request absentee ballot from local election authority in person, by mail, by fax or by email
      • Relatives within the second degree (spouse, parents and children) may complete an absentee ballot application, in person, on behalf of the voter who wishes to vote absentee
      • Do not send absentee ballot applications to the Secretary of State’s office
      • Absentee ballots must be sent to the appropriate local election authority by the deadline in order to be valid
      • Mail-in or faxed absentee ballot requests MUST be received by election authority no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21
      • Voters can vote by absentee in the office of the local election authority until 5 p.m. the night before the election
      • Voters are REQUIRED to submit a copy of their personal identification unless they provided a copy with their registration application
        • Examples of acceptable identification:
          • Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state or a local election authority of the state
          • Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof
          • Identification issued by an institution of high education
          • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter
          • Other identification approved by the secretary of state under rules promulgated pursuant to Missouri law
    • How to vote absentee with a notary
      • Complete ballot on your own
      • Place in envelope but DO NOT SIGN
      • Take ballot to your notary
      • Show ID
      • Sign in front of the notary
      • Notary will mark it with their official seal
      • Send ballot in via USPS at least two weeks before Election Day
  • Mail-In Voting
    • You’re eligible to vote by mail-in if you are a registered voter.
      • Complete an application to request a mail-in ballot in person or by mail
      • Deliver application to election authority by October 21 at 5 p.m. for the November 3 election.
      • After receiving a ballot, fill it out and have the envelope notarized.
      • Return your mail-in ballot through U.S. mail in time for its receipt by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

HELPFUL LINKS

REGISTER TO VOTE

CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION

REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

FREE NOTARY LIST

BECOME A POLL WORKER

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