September 1, 2020

Get Ready to Vote: Early, By Mail,
or In Person! 


Election Day is Tuesday, November 3 

You must be registered to vote. You can check to see if you are registered to vote, Missouri, here, and in Illinois, here. If not you may register to vote online in Missouri here and in Illinois, here.

Illinois Important Voting Dates to Remember

  • The deadline to register online to vote is Sunday, October 18, 2020.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. After the regular voter registration deadline of Tuesday, October 6, 2020, you can register and vote in person during a grace period, which begins the day after the deadline and runs through Election day. During this grace period, you can register and vote at your local election office, a permanent polling place, at early voting sites, at some polling places on election day, and at any other location specifically designated for grace-period voting by your election authority. Contact your local election office for more information on grace period locations and hours.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Thursday, October 29, 2020.
  • The early voting period runs from Thursday, September 24, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • You can also register and vote on Election Day.

Missouri Important Voting Dates to Remember

  • September 22: First day of absentee voting
  • October 7: Last day to register to vote
  • October 21: Last day to request ballot by mail
  • October 31: Saturday absentee voting 9:00 am–1:00 pm
  • November 2: Last day to vote absentee in person
  • November 3: Absentee ballots must be received at election authority by 7:00 pm

There are several ways to vote in the election:

Vote Early by Mail

Due to concerns over COVID 19, many people may elect to vote by mail. You must apply to get a mail-in ballot.


  • Registered Missouri voters can request absentee or mail-in ballots from their local election authority in person or by mail. You may request the ballot now, but they will not be available until September 22.  To find your local authority, visit here.
  • For information on mail-in ballots, visit this web page.
  • For information on absentee voting, go here.
    • Permanent Absentee Voting: If you have a permanent physical disability, you may request to be placed on a designated list so that your local election authority can automatically mail an absentee ballot application directly to you prior to each election. You will need to make this request directly to your local election authority who will send you further information.
  • All mailed or online applications for ballots must be received by your Election Authority by 5:00 p.m. on October 21, 2020.


  • Vote early – Illinois voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Thursday, September 24, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Click here to find early voting/grace period registration locations.
  • What to bring
    • If you’ve voted in Illinois before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote.
    • If you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn’t provide your driver’s license number, state ID number, last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or a copy of a current ID or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you’ll need to provide one of these when you vote. You can use (i) a copy of a current and valid photo identification, (ii) a copy of a lease or contract for residence, student ID & mail addressed to your residence, or (iii) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
    • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. After voting provisionally, you will be told how to submit additional proof of registration to the election authority. The additional information must be received by the election authority no later than the close of business on the Tuesday following the election.
  • Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
    • Fill out the application completely.
    • 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) Thursday, October 29, 2020.
    • When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

Vote at the Polls on November 3, 2020

Vote in person at your polling place on Election Day.  Polls will be open 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  To find your polling place, go here, for Missouri and go here for Illinois

Accessible Voting

  • Curbside Voting: Voters with limited mobility can vote “curbside” or outside the polling place. Just go to your polling place and ask someone to go in and ask poll workers to bring a ballot out to you. They should bring you a ballot within a reasonable period of time.
  • Accessible Polling Places: If you have physical disabilities, and your polling place is not accessible, you may request a different polling place assignment so that you may vote in a more accessible polling place. You may also vote at a central location. Simply contact your local election authority to make this request (see above link).
  • Accessible Voting Systems: Every polling place must have an accessible voting system for individuals with disabilities including audiovisual accessibility. Accessible systems include an audio ballot to make your selections or the ability to enlarge text so that you can read the on-screen ballot with ease.
    Notary’s are available for Absentee and Mail-In Voting! You may call our office at 314-772-2395, and Leigh or Janice, who are notaries will be happy to schedule a time to be available, beginning September 15. 


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