What You Need to Know to Vote This November
Election Day is November 6. Polls are open from 6AM—7PM. Be sure to know your correct polling location.
What ID You Will Need to Vote:
Before receiving a ballot, a voter must identify him or herself by presenting one of the following:
- Identification issued by the state of Missouri, Missouri state agency, or local election authority of the state of Missouri
- Identification issued by the United States government or federal agency
- Identification issued by an institution of higher education (public or private) located in 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; or
- Personal knowledge of the voter by two supervising election judges, one from each major political party, shall be acceptable voter identification upon the completion of a secretary of state-approved affidavit that is signed by both supervisory election judges and the voter that attests to the personal knowledge of the voter by the two supervisory election judges.
Voting by Absentee Ballot
To vote by absentee ballot, you MUST have an excuse. Missouri law requires that requests for absentee ballots must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Election Day if the ballot is to be mailed. The deadline for absentee voting in person in the office of the election authority is 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Click here to download an absentee ballot application. Completed ballots must be received before 7:00p.m.on Election Day.
Recent Legislation Affecting Missouri's Voting Laws
UPDATE: The Missouri legislature adjourned for the year without replacing the proposed ballot language, keeping it off the November ballot.
The Missouri Legislature, last year, referred a state constitutional amendment to the voters that was scheduled to be on the November 2012 ballot and would allow the legislature to require a photo ID. This would potentially circumvent a 2006 state supreme court ruling that declared a previously enacted photo ID requirement was unconstitutional. In March, a circuit court judged invalidated the ballot language because the proposed language was misleading. Legislators are currently attempting to pass legislation that would change the language of the ballot initiative.
- Guide to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) in Missouri (2012)
- Identification Requirements to Vote in Missouri (2012)
- Conducting Voter Registration Drives in Missouri (2012)
- Voter Eligibility Guide for Missouri (2012)
- Missouri Student Voting Guide (2012)
- No Photo ID Amendment on the November Ballot
- MO Voters MO Problems
- Missouri Court Invalidates Photo ID Ballot Language
- Judge Strikes Down Mo. Voter ID Ballot Summary