En español | Missouri’s Aug. 2 primary elections will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for seats in the U.S. House and Senate and the state legislature, among other races. Note that changes could be coming to how you vote this year.
Under a recently passed election law, a valid photo ID is required when casting a regular ballot or absentee ballot in person, an additional two weeks has been added to the in-person absentee voting period, drop boxes for absentee ballots are not permitted, and the use of paper ballots will become mandatory in 2023. The other new protocols go into effect August 28. Also, the state's redistricting plan has redrawn certain congressional and state legislative districts, and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
Check your voter registration status through the state’s voter information portal.
Absentee ballots are only available to certain voters, including people with an illness or disability or who will be out of town on Election Day. A full list of criteria is on the secretary of state’s website.
Absentee voting begins June 28 for the primary and Sept. 20 for the general election. You can apply by mail or in person.
Once you receive your ballot, you’ll need to complete it and return it to your local election authority by mail or in person. It must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day. You’ll need to get your ballot notarized unless you’re a nursing home resident or confined to your home because of an illness.
Yes. If you have a physical disability, you can ask to be placed on the state’s permanent absentee voting list. Absentee ballot applications should then be automatically mailed to you before every election. Contact your local election authority for more information.
Polling places in Missouri offer curbside voting to people with limited mobility, so you can stay in your car while a poll worker brings you a ballot. Polling locations also have equipment to help people who are visually impaired.
Only if you qualify for an absentee ballot. If you do, you can fill one out at your local election authority until 5 p.m. the day before the election.
Your ballot won’t need to be notarized if you fill it out at your election authority.
The primary is Tuesday, Aug. 2; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., but you can vote after 7 p.m. as long as you’re in line before polls close. Contact your local election authority to find your polling place.
Yes, you’ll need to show a Missouri driver’s license, state ID card, U.S. passport or other acceptable ID listed on the secretary of state’s website.
If you forget your ID, you can still cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted as a regular ballot as long as your signature matches the signature in the state’s voter registry or if you return to your polling place with proper ID.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on July 5 with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 10, 2020.
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