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Missouri

Population

6,137,428

Voting-Age Pop.

4,585,994

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 38 %
Trump 57 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 7, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    No
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Any registered voter may request a "mail-in" ballot; an excuse is required to request an "absentee" ballot.

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  • No, residents of Missouri must register for a mail-in ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of Missouri must register for a mail-in ballot for the general election.

Requests must be received by: Oct 21, 5pm Chevron Icon

  • Mail-in ballot requests that are sent by mail must be received by the election authority no later than 5pm on the second Wednesday prior to any election.


    Do not send mail-in ballot applications to the secretary of state's office.


    Mail-in ballot applications must be sent to the appropriate local election authority by the deadline in order to be valid. Mail-in is open to everyone but absentee is limited.

Requests must be received by: Oct 21, 5pm

Mail-in ballot requests that are sent by mail must be received by the election authority no later than 5pm on the second Wednesday prior to any election.


Do not send mail-in ballot applications to the secretary of state's office.


Mail-in ballot applications must be sent to the appropriate local election authority by the deadline in order to be valid. Mail-in is open to everyone but absentee is limited.

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  • Sept 22: Registered Missourians who expect to be prevented from going to their polling places on Election Day may vote absentee beginning six weeks prior to an election.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 22: Registered Missourians who expect to be prevented from going to their polling places on Election Day may vote absentee beginning six weeks prior to an election.

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  • In order to be counted, mail-in ballots must be received by the election authority before the closing of the polls on Election Day (7pm).

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In order to be counted, mail-in ballots must be received by the election authority before the closing of the polls on Election Day (7pm).

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  • Gov. Mike Parson authorized mail-in ballots for the Nov 3 general election to avoid the risk of contracting or transmitting Covid-19.

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Gov. Mike Parson authorized mail-in ballots for the Nov 3 general election to avoid the risk of contracting or transmitting Covid-19.

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  • Registered Missourians who expect to be prevented from going to their polling places on Election Day may vote absentee beginning six weeks prior to an election.


    Voters must provide one of the following reasons for voting absentee:


    - 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).

Excuse Icon An excuse is required to request an "absentee" ballot

Registered Missourians who expect to be prevented from going to their polling places on Election Day may vote absentee beginning six weeks prior to an election.


Voters must provide one of the following reasons for voting absentee:


- 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).


Checklist Icon Election Rules & Requirements

Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

No

Currently, early voting is not permitted in this state.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

Your voter registration form must be postmarked by Oct 7, the 4th Wednesday before the election.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

Show one of the forms of acceptable identification and sign the pollbook to obtain your ballot. If you do not possess any of these forms of identification, but are a registered voter, you may cast a provisional ballot.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - sos.mo.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Identification Issued by US Government

    Or agency thereof

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  • Identification Issued by State of Missouri

    Or an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state

  • Identification Issued by Institution of Higher Education

    Including a university, college, vocational and technical school located within the state of Missouri

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  • Copy of Current Utility Bill

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  • Copy of Bank Statement, Paycheck, Government Check or Other Government Document

    That contains the name and address of the voter


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