- 18 Years of age by Election Day
- US Citizen
- Missouri Resident
No person shall be entitled to vote:
- While confined under a sentence of imprisonment;
- While on probation or parole after the conviction of a felony
- After conviction of a felony or misdemeanor connected with voting or the right of suffrage
Missourians can register to vote:
- By mail through the post-card voter registration application
- At the office of the local election authority – Local Election Authority Contact Information
- At any Department of Motor Vehicles office, or state agency providing a service to the public (WIC, Social Services, etc)
- NVRA Implementation Guide for Public Assistance Agencies
If you would like to request a mail-in post card registration please complete this form.
Voter Registration Solicitor Information
- Registration Form for Voter Registration Solicitors
Registered Missourians who will not be able to go to their polling place on Election Day may vote absentee beginning six weeks prior to an election.
Absentee 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.
Voters can request absentee ballots from their local election authority in person or by fax. Faxed absentee ballot requests should be submitted to the appropriate local election authority. Relatives within the first degree (parents and children) may complete an absentee ballot application, in person, on behalf of the voter who wishes to vote absentee. DO NOT SEND ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE. ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS MUST BE SENT TO THE APPROPRIATE LOCAL ELECTION AUTHORITY BY THE DEADLINE IN ORDER TO BE VALID. Contact information for local election authorities and an absentee ballot application form may be found at the links below.
Local Election Authority Contact Information
Request for Missouri Absentee Ballot Form
Mail in or faxed absentee ballot requests must be received by the election authority no later than the 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to any election. Voters can vote by absentee in the office of the local election authority until 5:00 p.m. the night before the election.
Voters requesting an absentee ballot by mail who have registered by mail and have not voted in person are required to submit a copy of their personal identification unless they provided a copy with their registration application. Examples of acceptable identification are:
- 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, government check, paycheck 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
- Other identification approved by the secretary of state under rules promulgated pursuant to subsection 3 of this section other identification approved by federal law.
This identification requirement, as well as the notary requirement for absentee ballots, does not apply to overseas voters, those on active military duty or members of their immediate family living with them or voters who are permanently disabled and their caregivers.
Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
On October 29, 2002, President Bush signed HR 3295, the Help America Vote Act ("HAVA"), a federal election reform bill that provides funding to the states for the improvement of elections.
Key Aspects of HAVA are:
Accessible and Second Chance Voting Equipment Funds
- Local election authorities are eligible for up to $4,150 per polling place to purchase or lease one accessible voting system for each polling place. HAVA requires that every polling place have at least one voting system equipped for persons with disabilities.
- Local election authorities are also eligible to receive an amount per precinct, as described below, to help them comply with second chance voting requirements.
- Local election authorities that were not eligible for the federal punch card buyout program are eligible to receive up to $5,600 per precinct.
- Local election authorities that were eligible for the federal punch card buyout program are eligible to receive up to $1,300 per precinct.
Accessible and Second Chance Voting Equipment Information
- Application for HAVA Equipment
- Disclosure of Lobbying Activities
- Assurances - Non-Construction Programs