Voting FAQ

Who can register?

Anyone can register who is:
*17 1/2 years of age or older and will be at least 18 years of age on or before the date of the election.
*A resident of Missouri and a United States citizen.
*Not judicially declared incompetent.
*Pardoned, discharged or released from any felony conviction.
*Not convicted of any crime related to voting.

When is one registered?

When one is registered is determined by the method used to register. If the registrant registers in the presence of an election official, he/she is registered when the form is signed by the election official.If the registrant registers using a post card application, then he/she is registered at the time of the postmark on the post card. However, if the election authority’s verification form that is mailed to the voter is returned undeliverable to the election authority, the registrant is not a registered voter.If the registrant registers at a Driver’s License bureau or other voter registration agnecy, he/she is registered when the form is signed. However, if the election authority’s verification form that is mailed to the voter is returned as undeliverable to the election authority, the registrant is not a registered voter.

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How does one register?

It’s as easy as visiting your local library or your local Election Board or County Clerk and completing a voter’s registration card.

Why does a voter need to re-register?

To comply with State law, when a voter moves outside their original jurisdiction, the voter will need to re-register in the new jurisdiction. Also if a voter moves within his/her current jurisdiction, he/she has a responsibility to notify the Election Board or County Clerk of his/her new address. Failure to do so can result in voting delays at the polling place on Election Day and potentially could result in a voter being removed from the voting rolls.

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How does a voter know when to vote?

Once registered, the Election Board or County Clerk will send a post card to notify voters of an upcoming election.

What times do polls open?

Polls open in Missouri at 6AM and close at 7PM. As long as you are in line at your polling place by 7:00 PM, you can vote, though if you can go in the middle of the day, lines may be shorter.

I lost my voter’s ID card. How do I get a new one?

Very easily. Just drop a line to the Election Board or County Clerk that contains your name, signature, address, date of birth and last four digits of your social security number, and request that a new one be sent. You can also visit the Election Board or County Clerk’s office in person.For additional information, please contact the Missouri Secretary of State’s office or visit the following website: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/s_default.asp?id=voters

  1. I voted for the first time this month in Clay Co. I was disappointed in the amount of electioneering going on outside my polling place. I called the board of elections and they recorded my polling place and the candidates that were involved. I think the 25 ft. rule is a joke. They need to get those people farther away so voters don’t have to walk a gauntlet to get into vote.

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