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Let’s vote safely

Missouri, let’s get ready to vote! You can vote absentee in-person right now until November 2nd, or make a plan to vote on at your polling place on Election Day, November 3rd. Use the resources below to find the right option for you, and don’t forget to bring a mask!

Recommended Date To Mail Ballot
Back If Voting Absentee By Mail

OCTOBER 20

Return absentee ballot in-person

September 22
To November 2

Election Day | Polls Open 6AM-7PM

November 3

The Missouri Democratic Party Recommends Three Ways to Vote This Election

  1. IF you expect to meet any of these seven characteristics on Election Day:
    • You are in an at-risk category of COVID-19 (including being over 65 or immunocompromised)
    • You are confined due to illness or caring for someone who is
    • Unable to vote due to religious belief
    • Going to be absent from your county on Election Day
    • Incarcerated and meet qualifications for voting
    • Employed as an election official
    • Certified to participate in the address confidentiality program
      THEN go straight to your Local Election Authority with an ID, apply, and vote in one visit any time until November 2nd. Going straight to the election office avoids the need to notarize your ballot.
  2. IF you expect to meet an above characteristic but can’t vote in person, THEN request an absentee ballot now at MOVotesSafe.org. Once received, mail absentee ballot back by October 20th.
  3. IF you don’t meet the above, THEN vote in person November 3. Wear a mask. Bring Proper ID. Polls open at 6 am and close 7 pm.

Find your polling place here.


Under Missouri law, there are two other ways to vote.  But these options require a notary, so the Missouri Democrats do not suggest these methods.  Here are helpful resources to vote these methods:

  • If you meet a different absentee category (including being absent on election day, religious belief, working as an election worker, incarcerated and eligible to vote, or participating in address confidentiality program) THEN you can request an absentee ballot.

To apply, request an absentee ballot here.

Ballot Return:  Complete the ballot; fill out the entire envelope; get it notarized; use signature you use for legal documents; and return via USPS or drop off at Local Election Authority.

  • All Missouri voters can do a mail-in ballot. 

To Apply, go to your Local Election Authority’s website here to access their mail-in ballot application.

Ballot Return: Complete the ballot; fill out the entire envelope; get it notarized; use signature you use for legal documents; and you must return via USPS.

Can I vote by mail?

For this election, there are two different ways to vote by mail: absentee voting or the mail-in ballot option.  Read this page for further clarification between the two options.

When can I vote an absentee ballot, and when can I vote a mail-in ballot?

You may vote absentee if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote;
  • Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability;
  • Religious belief or practice;
  • Employment as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than such voter’s polling place;
  • Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained.
  • Certified participation in the address confidentiality program established under sections 589.660 to 589.681 because of safety concerns.
  • For an election that occurs during the year 2020, the voter has contracted or is in an at-risk category for contracting or transmitting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (COVID-19).

If you do not meet these criteria, you can still request a mail-in ballot during this election. 

How do I request a mail-in ballot or absentee ballot?

To request an absentee ballot, use this website.

To request a mail-in or absentee ballot you can also contact your local election authority here. You may request a ballot in person, by mail, or online. 

What is the difference between a mail-in ballot and an absentee ballot?

Absentee ballots are issued to voters for particular reasons, described above. Mail-in ballots are the fallback option issued to any voter. If you want a mail-in ballot, you do not need to provide a reason. The processes for casting and delivering these two ballots differ.

When do I need to request a mail-in ballot or absentee ballot?

Requests for mail-in or absentee ballots must be received by October 21 at 5 PM.   But we recommend you apply for your mail-in or absentee ballots immediately.  

With absentee balloting, can I do it in person?

Yes, for those eligible to vote absentee, we recommend you go straight to your local election authority and apply and cast your absentee ballot in one visit.  Check your local election authority website because some counties will offer satellite locations to cast an absentee ballot in person.  Bring proper ID.  This option is not available for mail-in ballots.

When do I need to mail my ballot in by?

Your ballot needs to be received by 7 pm on Election Day. To ensure this, we suggest you send your ballot in by United States Postal Service by October 20th. If you cannot meet that date, we suggest you (or a close family member) drop the ballot at your local election authority before Election Day.  Mail in ballots must be returned via USPS.

What happens if my ballot arrives after Election Day?

Ballots must be received by 7 pm on Election Day. Please make sure that your ballot is mailed in as early as possible to ensure it is counted.  For absentee ballots, you can also hand deliver them to your local election authority.

I’m worried that my ballot will not arrive on time. What should I do?

You should make every effort to mail your ballot in by October 20th.  If for any reason you are unable to do this, you can hand deliver your absentee ballot to your local election authority. In addition, you can bring your unfilled ballot to the polls, turn it in, and proceed to vote in person. If you are undecided about how to vote this year, call or text our team at 314-652-3929 for assistance!

Where do I go to vote?

You can check your polling place by contacting your local election authority here or by using this site.

When does my polling place open?

Polling places open at 6 am and will remain open until 7 pm. Individuals in line at 7 pm will be permitted to vote. If you are in line and are denied the right to vote contact your local election authority here or the Show Me Change voter hotline at (314) 652-3929.

Can I see a sample ballot?

Sample ballots can be viewed at your polling place or the office of your local election authority. Your election authority also may mail you a copy of your sample ballot. Additionally, you may request a sample ballot by filling out this form and proceeding to the Voter Outreach Portal or visiting www.vote411.org/ballot.

What will be on the ballot?

The ballot will include the Presidential Election, federal/state elections, local and state ballot measures, and other local issues or elections. You should consult a sample ballot prior to voting.

I need assistance voting. What should I do?

Curbside Voting

If you have limited mobility you may be able to vote “curbside” or outside the polling place. You should go to your polling place and ask someone to go in and ask the poll workers to bring a ballot out to you. The poll workers should bring you a ballot within a reasonable period of time.

Accessible Voting Systems

Every polling place must have an accessible voting system for individuals with disabilities, including audio-visual accessibility. Accessible systems include an audio ballot to make selections or the ability to enlarge text so that you can read the on-screen ballot with ease.

Permanent Absentee Voting

If you have a permanent physical disability, you may request to be placed on a list so that your local election authority can automatically mail an absentee ballot application directly to you prior to each election. You will need to make this request directly to your local election authority who will send you further information. You can find your local election authority here.

Personal Assistance

If you cannot read or write, are blind, or have another physical disability and cannot vote on your own, you may bring someone to assist you. Your assistant does not have to be over the age of 18 or have to be a registered voter. Additionally, a bipartisan team of poll workers can assist you upon request.

What kind of identification do I need in order to vote?

You may vote using the following forms of valid ID:

Missouri Drivers License
Missouri Non-Driver License
Missouri Voter ID Card
Passport
Military ID
Missouri University, college, vocational, or technical school ID
Current Utility Bill
Current Bank Statement
Other Government Documents showing your name and address

Remember that if you arrive on Election Day without an acceptable form of ID, you should still request a provisional ballot. If you come back with your ID later in the day your provisional vote will be counted. Additionally, if your signature on the provisional ballot matches the signature on file your vote will be counted.

1 – How do I register to vote?

In order to register, you must complete a voter registration application with your local election authority. 

You may register online by visiting here. Within 7 days of submitting your application, you should receive confirmation from your election authority. If you do not, you should contact them to ensure your application was received. 

You may also register in person at one of these locations:

  • The office of your local election authority
  • At the Bureau of Motor Vehicles while applying for or renewing a driver’s license
  • At a designated state agency while obtaining services from the agency. (Ex. Division of Family Services, Military Recruitment, or WIC)
  • A library

2 – What is the deadline to register to be able to vote in November?

In order to vote in November, you must be registered by October 7th. 

3 – Do I have to update my registration if my name or address changed?

Yes, if your name or address has changed, then you need to update your voter registration. This can be done by contacting your election authority or visiting the here. If you moved to a new address within the same county, you may update your information on Election Day at the polls, but you must arrive at the polling place that corresponds to your new address. If you moved to a new county, you must update your information by October 7th in order to vote on the full ballot. 

4 – How do I check to make sure I am registered?

You can check your voter registration by visiting here. 

5 – I lost my Voter ID card. How can I get a new one?

Contact your local election authority here to request a new one. You may vote using another form of valid ID including:

  • Missouri Drivers License
  • Missouri Non-Driver License
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • Missouri University, college, vocational, or technical school ID
  • Current Utility Bill
  • Current Bank Statement
  • Other Government Documents showing your name and address

Remember that if you arrive on election day without an acceptable form of ID, you should still request a provisional ballot. If you come back with your ID later in the day, your provisional vote will be counted. Additionally, if your signature on the provisional ballot matches the signature on file your vote will be counted. 

6 – Who is allowed to vote in Missouri?

Individuals who are 18 years of age on Election Day, are citizens of the United States, and are residents of Missouri may vote in our elections. To be able to vote, these individuals:

  • Must be registered to vote in the jurisdiction of the person’s domicile prior to the election;
  • Cannot be on probation or parole after conviction of a felony;
  • Cannot have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor connected to voting; and
  • Cannot have been declared incapacitated.

7 – I was convicted of a felony, but have completed my probation or parole. Can I vote?

Yes. Upon completion of your sentence and probation or parole, you are eligible to vote in elections.

8 – I have not voted in a long time. Is my voter registration still active?

If you have not voted in a long time, you can check your voter registration by contacting your local election authority or visiting the state site here. You may need to reregister (see the how to register section above).

9 – Can I vote without my voter ID card or photo ID?

You can, but we strongly recommend you bring proper ID with you to vote.

Nonetheless, as long as you are registered to vote, you have the right to vote. If you do not have an ID you should request a provisional ballot. If you come back with your ID later in the day your vote will be counted. Additionally, if your signature matches the signature on file your vote will be counted. 

If you cast a provisional ballot, you will receive a stub from your provisional ballot envelope with instructions on how to verify that your provisional ballot is counted.

If, after reading this website, you still have questions about voting, please inquire with your Local Election Authority to see if they can fix the problem.  If they are unable to, call the Show Me Change voter hotline at (314) 652-3929.

If, after reading this website, you still have questions about voting, please inquire with your Local Election Authority to see if they can fix the problem.  If they are unable to, call the Show Me Change voter hotline at (314) 652-3929.

Kansas City

  1. Curbside Notary, Kansas City
    • This organization works with local businesses to provide notary services to the residents of KC. They have a list of events where a notary will be present at a local business to notarize ballots for free. 
    • https://www.curbsidenotary.org/
  2. LWV – KC/Jackson-Clay-Platte Counties
  3. Kansas City Public Library
    1. Voters in KC can call to make an appointment to have their ballots notarized for free. 
    2. https://kclibrary.org/community-services/voter-information

St. Louis

  1. National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis
    1. NCJW has a notary in their office and voters can make an appointment to have their ballot notarized for free. 
    2. https://www.ncjwstl.org/
  1. LWV – Metro St Louis
    1. LWV St Louis has a notary during office hours. There is no need to make an appointment. They do take walk-ins.
    2. https://my.lwv.org/missouri/league-women-voters-metro-st-louis/about/contact-us

Columbia/Boone

  1. Daniel Boone Regional Library
    1. Notary services are being offered to voters free of charge. No appointment is needed but may still call ahead to ensure notary is available.
  2. Boone County Democrats
    1. The Boone County Democrats will be holding drive-in notary events on Saturdays beginning in mid-October. More information on locations and times to come. 

Springfield/Greene County

  1. Springfield-Greene County Library
    1. The library will be offering notary services by appointment free of charge. The locations and numbers to call are listed below. 
      1. The Library Center at 4653 S. Campbell. Call 883-5341
      2. The Library Station at 2535 N. Kansas Expressway. Call 616-0683
  2. The League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri is offering notary services at the following voter registration drives:
    1. Saturday, Oct. 10: Library Center and Library Station, 10-2 p.m.
    2. Tuesday, Oct. 13: Republic Branch and Library Center, 3-7 p.m.
    3. Wednesday, Oct. 14: Willard Branch and Library Center, 3-7 p.m.
    4. Thursday, Oct. 15: Schweitzer Brentwood and Library Center, 3-7 p.m.
    5. Saturday, Oct. 17: Library Center and Library Station, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    6. Saturday, Oct. 24: Library Center and Library Station, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
  3. Drew Lewis Foundation at the Fairbanks is offering notary services
    1. Walk-ins welcome during business hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
      1. 1126 N Broadway, Springfield. Phone: 417-720-1890

Statewide

  1. State compiled list of Notaries
    1. This is a list of notaries who have agreed to volunteer and provide the service to voters for free. 
    2. https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/MailinNotary
  2. MOtary Connection
    1. MOtary COnnection walks voters through the mail-in voting process and connects them with a notary who will notarize their ballot free of charge. 
    2. http://motaryconnections.org/
  3. Notary Hub by MOVPC
    1. Find a notary
    2. https://notaryhub.movpc.org/find-a-notary/