MISSOURI

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Postmarked or received by the 4th Wednesday before Election Day
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 10, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

If you register to vote in person, you are required to present a copy of your birth certificate, Native American tribal document, other proof of U.S. citizenship, a valid Missouri driver’s license, or other form of personal ID.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Missouri requires a photo or non-photo ID to vote a regular ballot in person. Acceptable IDs are:

Option 1 IDs:

  • Nonexpired MO driver’s license or non-driver’s license
  • Nonexpired document containing the voter’s name and photograph that is issued by the U.S. Government or the State of Missouri (such as a passport or military ID)

Option 2 IDs:

  • ID issued by a Missouri university, college, vocational or technical school
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document (including voter registration card) which contains the name and address of the voter

If you do not have one of these forms of ID, you can vote a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted if you return to the polling place and show a valid Option 1 ID OR if the signature on your provisional ballot envelope matches the signature in the voter registry.

You will need to submit a copy of your voter ID with your absentee ballot request form if you registered to vote by mail and this is your first time voting. The IDs above will suffice.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://voteroutreach.sos.mo.gov/PRD/VoterOutreach/VOSearch.aspx

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • You may vote an absentee ballot by mail if you have one of the following reasons:
    • You are absent from your jurisdiction on Election Day
    • You are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability; or you are primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability
    • Religious belief or practice
    • You are employed as an election authority at a location other than your polling place
    • You are incarcerated and all of your qualifications for voting are retained
    • You participate in the address confidentiality program
  • You may request an absentee ballot from your local election authority, either in person or by fax. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5pm the Wednesday before an election.
  • Completed absentee ballots must be returned and received by an election authority by 7 p.m. on Election Day (the time the polls close)

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Missouri affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • Registering to vote in Missouri does not necessarily change your driver’s license and motor vehicle registration. However, as a full–time student in Missouri, you may have to make these changes regardless of whether you register to vote in Missouri. For more information, you may wish to contact the Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Missouri legal professional.

Last updated November 2018