How to vote in Missouri

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Missouri offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Missouri. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in Missouri you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Missouri
  • be at least 17-1/2 years of age (you must be 18 to vote)
  • not be on probation or parole after conviction of a felony, until finally discharged from such probation or parole
  • not be convicted of a felony or misdemeanor connected with the right of suffrage
  • not be adjudged incapacitated by any court of law
  • not be confined under a sentence of imprisonment

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Missouri can look up where to vote on Missouri's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

No early voting

Missouri does not offer an early voting period. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot by mail or by visiting your local election office.

What to bring

  • You will be asked to show ID to vote in Missouri. Acceptable forms of government-issued photo ID include: a driver's license; non-driver's license; US passport; or military ID. If you do not have a government-issued photo ID, you can also show one of the following forms of ID: a voter registration card; ID from a Missouri university, college, vocational or technical school; a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains your name and address.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to cast a provisional ballot. Your ballot will count if your signature matches the signature in the voter registry or if you return to your polling place and show a photo ID.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Wednesday, October 31.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Missouri.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Missouri's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Wednesday, October 10.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Wednesday, October 10.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Wednesday, October 10.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Wednesday, October 31.

Election contact information for Missouri

Address:
Secretary of State
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Phone Number:
(573) 751-4936