Student Voter Registration Information

Missouri University of Science and Technology strongly encourages students to vote

Why does Missouri S&T get involved in voter registration?

The 1998 reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act includes a requirement that higher education institutions make a good faith effort to make voter registration forms available to all enrolled students. This legislation supports the campus’s strategic priorities of developing and inspiring creative thinkers and leaders while promoting an environment of success, support, and community engagement among the campus community.

Why should you Vote?

Your vote is your voice as an American citizen. It’s your opportunity to be heard, to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions and to impact important issues that affect your community. On Election Day, every vote matters.  For additional information, please visit the following webpage: http://campusvoteproject.org/why-student-voters-matter/

State of Missouri Voter Requirements:

To vote in the state of Missouri, you must be:

  • 18 years of age by Election Day
  • A U.S. citizen
  • A Missouri resident and registered to vote in Phelps count

To vote in the state of Missouri, you must NOT be:

  • On probation after conviction for a felony Convicted of a felony or misdemeanor connected with voting or the right of suffrage
    To register in person you must present either a copy of a birth certificate, Native American tribal document, proof of United States citizenship, valid Missouri driver’s license, or other form of personal identification.

Voter Registration:

Accepted forms of Identification for Voter Registration in Missouri:

  • ID issued by the Federal Government, State of Missouri or a local election authority (For example: Missouri driver’s license, US Passport, etc.)
  • ID issued by a Missouri institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical schools (For example: Missouri S&T school issued ID)
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains your NAME and ADDRESS
  • Driver’s license or state ID card issued from another state

Missouri Voter Registration Application: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/register OR http://www.rockthevote.com/rtv_voter_registration.html?source=rtv.com-homegraphic 

Check your voter registration: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup/

Identification Needed for Voting in Missouri:

  • ID issued by the state of Missouri, agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state
  • ID issued by the US government or agency
  • ID issued by a Missouri institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical schools (For example: Missouri S&T school issued ID)
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains your NAME and ADDRESS
  • Driver’s license or state ID card issued from another state

Absentee Voting:

Absentee voting begins six weeks prior to an election for registered voters. You may vote by absentee ballot if you fulfill one of the following criteria:

  • You will be absent on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which you are registered to vote
  • You are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability
  • You are the primary caretaker for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability
  • Your religious beliefs or practice prevent you from voting on Election Day
  • You are employed as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than your polling place
  • You are incarcerated (provided all qualifications for voting are retained)

Absentee ballots may be requested from your 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. They must be sent to the local election authority to be valid.

Mail-in or faxed absentee ballot requests must be received by the election authority no later than the 5:00 pm on the Wednesday prior to any election. If you have registered to vote by mail and are voting absentee the first time you vote, you are required to provide a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot request unless you provided a copy with your voter registration application.

Examples of acceptable ID are:

  • Valid Missouri driver's license
  • Valid Missouri non-driver's license
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Valid military ID

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.

The election authority must receive all absentee ballots by the close of polls on Election Day in order to be counted.

Polling Place Hours:

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities:

You may bring anyone you choose to assist you with voting if you cannot read or write, are blind or have some other physical disability that prevents completion of a ballot. If you require assistance and do not bring a person to assist you, you are entitled to receive assistance from an election judge. You must request assistance, and upon your request, two election judges from different political parties will assist you. Depending on the number of judges present and voter turnout, there may be a wait for an election judge to assist you.

For Additional Information, Contact:

For Additional Information about Voting, Voters Rights and Elections:

http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/

http://www.projectvote.org/

http://www.lwv.org/

Interested in Getting Involved in a Political Organization on Campus:

Students‌ from all four University of Missouri campuses are provided the opportunity to participate in the political process through a variety of programs such as the Legislative Intern Program, the "Lunch with a Legislator" program, student Lobby Day, and voter registration drives.  For additional information, stop by 218 Havener Center; (573) 341-4970 or visit the following web page: http://asum.mst.edu.