Here’s the information you need before heading to the polls on November 6, 2012. If you have not registered to vote, you have until October 9 in Illinois and October 10 in Missouri to register in the county in which you live.
On the day of the Election, polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Important: If you are in line at the closing time of 7:00 PM you have the right to cast your vote.
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Voter ID laws:
- Missouri residents must have an acceptable form of ID to vote. No photo ID is required
- llinois residents are not required to show a photo ID, but first time voters may be asked to show an acceptable form of ID.
- See the full list of candidates and offices being voted on in the Nov. 6th election.
- Election results directly from local county clerk websites.
Missouri’s Key Races & Ballot Initiatives:
- Missouri Senate: Akin vs. McCaskill
- Governor: Dave Spence vs. Jay Nixon
- Secretary of State: Shane Schoeller vs. Jason Kander
- Attorney General: Chris Koster vs. Ed Martin
- Treasurer: Clint Zweifel vs. Cole McNary
- Amendment 3
- Proposition E
- Tobacco Tax
- Municipal Police Amendment
Illinois Key Races:
Voting Eligibility: Missouri & Illinois
You are eligible to register to vote if you are:
- A U.S. citizen
- A Missouri or Illinois resident
- At least 17-1/2 years of age (18 to vote)
You are not eligible to register to vote if you are:
- Adjudged to be incapacitated by a court of law
- Confined under a sentence of imprisonment
- On probation/parole after conviction of a felony until finally discharged
- After a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor connected with the right of suffrage
How to Register to Vote
To register to vote in Missouri, you must be registered with the election authority in the county which you reside.
Warren County Clerk
St. Clair County
Additionally, refer to the respective form for the method you will choose to register with.
Other places to register
- Department of Revenue/Division of Motor Vehicles Office
- Health and Social Services Office
- Public Library
- School or other tax-supported public agency that has a Deputy Registrar on-site.
What do you need to bring with to register to vote
To register to vote in person, you need to have (as many as applicable):
- Birth certificate
- Native American tribal document
- Other proof of United States citizenship
- Valid driver’s license or personal identification
Other forms of identification could be:
- Current photo ID
- Utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Paycheck with applicant name and address
Absentee Voter Eligibility
You are eligible to vote an Absentee Ballot if you can not be at your respective poll for the following reasons:
- Absence from the jurisdiction of the election authority which the voter is registered to vote
- Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability
- Religious belief or practice
- Employment as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than the voter’s regular polling place.
- Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained
How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot
A voter may apply for an absentee ballot in person, by mail, or by fax (314-622-3378).
- Download Absentee Ballot Application for a Primary Election
- Download Absentee Ballot Application for a General or Special Election
When an Absentee can Vote
Absentee voting begins on the sixth Tuesday prior to each election and ends at 5:00 P.M. the day before the election. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail, by fax or by a guardian or relative is 5:00 P.M. on the Wednesday before the election.
How to Apply for Military/Overseas Vote Ballots
If you are a registered voter and expect to be deployed or temporarily living outside the U.S. on election day and wish to vote an absentee ballot, contact your local election authority.
Helpful Resources for Voters
To check what location you vote at:
To check if your voter registration is still active: