How to vote in Missouri

Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Missouri offers three ways to vote in the 2020 General Election: in-person, absentee (does not require a notary), and mail-in (requires a notary).

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Missouri. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the “Dates and deadlines” section.

To register in Missouri you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Missouri
  • be at least 17-1/2 years of age (you must be 18 to vote)
  • not be on probation or parole after conviction of a felony, until finally discharged from such probation or parole
  • not be convicted of a felony or misdemeanor connected with the right of suffrage
  • not be adjudged incapacitated by any court of law
  • not be confined under a sentence of imprisonment
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Missouri can look up where to vote on Missouri’s site.

No early voting

Missouri does not offer an early voting period. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot by mail or by visiting your local election office. Mailed requests for absentee ballots must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 for the general election. Voters can vote by absentee in the office of the local election authority until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2020.

What to bring

  • You will be asked to show ID to vote in Missouri. Acceptable forms of government-issued photo ID include: a driver’s license; non-driver’s license; US passport; or military ID. If you do not have a government-issued photo ID, you can also show one of the following forms of ID: a voter registration card; ID from a Missouri university, college, vocational or technical school; a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains your name and address.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to cast a provisional ballot. Your ballot will count if your signature matches the signature in the voter registry or if you return to your polling place and show a photo ID.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what’s on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting the Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Election Day registration

Missouri does not offer registration on Election Day.

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:
    • 35 days before election – On a ship at sea: September 28, 2020
    • 30 days before election – Outside of the US: October 2, 2020
    • 11 days before the election – Stateside: October 23, 2020
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Missouri. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Missouri’s voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to register online to vote is Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

Election contact information for Missouri

Secretary of State
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Phone Number:
(573) 751-2301