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Voter ID: You Can Vote

 Vote a special provisional ballot on Election Day, or  by mail if you need to vote absentee 

No photo ID?

Have a photo ID?

 Vote as usual 
At this time, voters must show ONE form of government-issued photo ID such as a driver's license, nondriver state ID, passport, or military ID to vote absentee in person or to vote a regular ballot on Election Day


Voters who do not have a qualifying ID  can cast a special provisional ballot on Election Day that a bipartisan team at the Election Board can validate via signature matching.

The Fine Print

Your Voting Options Before Election Day

If you expect to have one of the reasons below for voting absentee, you can vote  absentee  IN PERSON or BY MAIL starting 6 weeks before Election Day.  If you want to vote absentee BY MAIL, you must apply in advance by submitting an application to your election authority. 

Starting two weeks before Election Day, you can vote absentee without an excuse.  

Voters must have a Missouri driver's license, state ID, passport, or other qualifying government-issued photo ID to vote absentee in person.

Click HERE for St. Louis County Absentee Voting Info

Click HERE for St. Louis City Absentee Voting Info

See below for more info on your absentee voting options!

Your Voting Options On 
Election Day

Polling places are open from  6am to 7pm on Election Day in Missouri. You will need an ID from to vote a regular ballot.  If you do not have a qualifying ID, you can vote on a provisional ballot, which will be validated by a bipartisan team by matching the signature on the provisional ballot envelope to the signature in your voter file.


If you are in St. Louis County, you can vote at ANY County polling place thanks to their print-on-demand paper ballot technology. 


In St. Louis City, you can now vote at  any City polling place!!  Check your election notification card for polling options so you can find the most convenient location!

The City's new
voting equipment will give City voters more options!

 Know Your Voting Options 

Reasons for Voting Absentee

You can vote absentee before Election Day if you expect to have ONE of the following reasons:


  • Absence on Election Day from your election jurisdiction (like being out of town).  If voting absentee by mail, your signature on ballot return envelope must be NOTARIZED;

  • Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a caregiver in the same household who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability (NO NOTARY REQUIRED);

  • Religious belief or practice (ballot envelope signature must be NOTARIZED);

  • Employment as a first responder, healthcare worker, law enforcement, or as an an election worker (ballot envelope signature must be notarized)

  • Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained (NO NOTARY REQUIRED); or

  • Certified participation in the Safe At Home address confidentiality program established under sections 589.660 to 589.681 because of safety concerns.

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Voters who are PERMANENTLY DISABLED may also apply for permanent absentee by mail status by filling out the form below. This status means that voters will automatically get an APPLICATION for an absentee ballot

before every election, and

no notary is required on

 the ballot return


 Permanent Absentee Status 
Voting Absentee IN PERSON

Voting absentee in person

starts about six weeks before Election Day at your local election authority office (Election Board or County Clerk).  Closer to Election Day, some jurisdictions may open satellite absentee voting locations.   You don't have to apply beforehand to vote absentee in person - all you have to do is give your reason for voting absentee at the time you vote, or vote during the no-excuse absentee voting period starting two weeks before Election Day.

You will need to show a government-issued photo ID  when you vote absentee in person. The no-ID provisional ballot option is only available on ELECTION DAY.

 So easy! 


Voters must apply to receive an absentee by mail ballot and can do so by email, fax, by mail, or in person. Contact your local election authority to get an application - you may even be able to apply by email!

Once you receive your ballot and fill it out, place your ballot in the return envelope provided by your election authority.  It is important to complete the statement on the envelope, verify your address, and sign the ballot envelope, in front of a notary if required.

 Your Absentee by Mail   Ballot: Things to Know  

Absentee ballots cast for a health- or disability-related reason DO NOT require voters to have the signature on the ballot return envelope notarized,  but most other absentee ballots require a notarized signature on the ballot envelope. Need to find a notary?  Check with your election authority office or local library.  Banks and UPS stores also often have notaries on staff. Notary services for the signature on a ballot return envelope should be free.

Know the Notary Rules

Need help filling out your ballot?  You can have someone help you with your ballot, but your helper MUST fill out the assistance statement on the ballot return envelope (along with assisting you in completing all the other required information on the return envelope) in order for the ballot to be counted.

You Have the

Right to


Don't Mark It Out

Don't cover up or mark out your return address or any bar codes on the return envelope, as that information is needed to help verify your ballot. Don't worry--the ballot inside will still be private!

DEADLINE: Your ballot must be RECEIVED by the election authority by 7pm on Election Day.  Late-arriving ballots will not be counted. Completed ballots may be returned to your election authority by mail or in person by the voter or a close relative.  If you choose mail, mailing can take up to 7-10 days, so plan ahead!



Ballot lost, damaged, or never received?


You can fill out a Lost Ballot Affidavit at your local election authority office or at your polling place on Election Day & cast a regular (not provisional) ballot.


Running late or changed your mind about voting absentee?


You can surrender your ballot and vote in person instead.     Need more help?  Call or text the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE. 

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