Election Day is November 3rd. Are you ready to vote? Do you know what your ballot will look like, or who or what will you have the opportunity to vote for?
Preview ballots are available from usa.gov and from Ballotpedia. Select the state where you are registered to vote (or enter your address), and you will be able to view a sample ballot.
Getting ready to vote for the first time? You have two things to do:
If you are a resident of Missouri, you can register to vote online, by mail, or in person.
If you are a resident of another state, you can view that state's registration guidelines. Scroll down to "How to Register" and select your state.
Think you're already registered to vote? You can check!
You can vote by mail or in person.
If you are voting in person, your voter registration will tell you where to go (your polling place). Make a plan to travel to your polling place! If you think you will need time off work or class to travel to the polls, let the appropriate people know.
If you are voting by mail, you can request a ballot be sent to your address. Fill it out and be sure to have your ballot in by the mail-in deadline. The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch has a guide on understanding mail-in ballots that includes dates and other requirements.
If you need your ballot notarized, the S&T Library has free notary services available. Email us to set up an appointment.
A candidate is anyone running for public office. Researching candidate platforms and understanding where they stand on issues can help you determine who you wish to vote for.
You can learn more about the candidates for each and every office at:
You may also be asked to vote on ballot measures, sometimes called referendums or propositions. You will have the chance to vote for or against any particular ballot measure.
You can learn more about ballot measures and read the associated text that will be shown on your ballot at:
Ask questions as you research candidates, issues, and proposed laws! Looking for information in more than one place can be beneficial. Some questions you can ask as you research are: