Registering to vote in Missouri is super-easy. It’s also really, really important – voting is one of the best ways to make sure that your interests and values are represented by your elected officials!
You can register to vote in Missouri if:
- You will be 18 or older on Election Day;
- You are a US citizen;
- You are a Missouri resident
If you meet those criteria, congratulations; you may now participate in the democratic process! In Missouri, you have to register by mail (ie, not online). Vote Missouri can walk you through the registration process. Should you register by mail, your form must be postmarked by the election day deadline; for the August 7th, 2012 Missouri primary, your registration must be postmarked by July 11th, 2012.
Alternately, if you’re uncomfortable with computers or maybe just prefer to do things in person, you can register at the office of your local election authority (find yours here), or at the DMV or any other office providing service to the public (WIC, social security, etc.). Again, this registration must be completed by July 11th, 2012 if you’re planning on voting in the Missouri primary election on August 7th, 2012.
The Missouri 2012 primary elections will be held on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012. If you need to register to vote or to update your information (name or address changes, party affiliation), such paperwork must be postmarked by July 11th, 2012. The filing deadline for candidates running in the Missouri primary was May 30th, 2012, and you can find a complete list of everyone running for state office in Missouri here. Some of the filing data is organized by district; if you’re not sure which district you’re in, check out these handy interactive districting maps.
If you’ll be unable to go to your polling place on election day (more about polling places later), you can file for an absentee ballot in Missouri. You can request an absentee ballot by fax or in person with this form; please note that absentee ballots must be faxed or postmarked by the Wednesday prior to election day (Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 for the 2012 primary elections). If you’ll be unable to go to your polling place on election day because you will be in the military or overseas (or in the military and overseas), you can register and vote according to the information given here.