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Missouri

Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines

August 2, 2022

Missouri Primary Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: July 6, 2022
  • In-person request by: July 6, 2022
  • Online request by: July 6, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Received: no later than the 5:00 pm on the second Wednesday before any election
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received by: August 2, 2022
Early Voting: No early voting in Missouri

November 8, 2022

Missouri General Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: October 12, 2022
  • In-person request by: October 12, 2022
  • Online request by: October 12, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Received: no later than the 5:00 pm on the second Wednesday before any election
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received by: November 8, 2022
Early Voting: No early voting in Missouri

Helpful Resources

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Absentee Voting

Voters can only vote absentee in Missouri with an approved excuse. Beginning six weeks before the election, you may vote absentee if one of the following applies:

  • 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.

You must submit your absentee ballot application to the election authority no later than 5 PM the Wednesday before Election Day. Completed ballots must be received by the election authority by the close of polls on Election Day.

During the August primary and November general elections in 2020, Missouri voters will be eligible to cast ballots by mail with notarization of the ballot envelope, and voters in at-risk categories for contracting or transmitting COVID-19 are eligible to vote by absentee ballot without obtaining notarization. A two-page summary of your options is linked below, and links to the revised absentee application and mail-in ballot application are available below.

Free Mail-in and Absentee Notary Information

State law requires absentee ballots to be notarized for free. However, SB 631 did not authorize free notarization for mail-in ballots. As a result, to assist Missouri voters find a notary public to notarize their absentee or mail-in ballot envelopes at no cost, the Secretary of State’s Office is compiling a list of notaries who have volunteered to provide this service at no charge.

If you are a notary in Missouri and wish to help Missouri voters have their ballot envelopes notarized, please contact our office by email at Laura.Lewis@sos.mo.gov to be added to the list.

See details of absentee voting and download the application here

What to Expect
on Election Day

On Election Day, polls are open from 6 AM to 7 PM CDT. If you are still in line to vote by 7 PM, you are still allowed to vote. 

Find your polling location.

 

Voter ID Requirements

You must bring a valid photo ID to vote. Acceptable forms of photo ID include:

  • 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 higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter
  • Driver’s license or state identification card issued by another state

Click here for more information on voter ID in Missouri

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters. 

Section 208

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.” 

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose. 

Have questions or need help voting?

Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).

Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.