Voting Information for College Students
If you are attending college away from home, you can still vote. Here are the answers to questions you may have.
Absentee or mail-in voting is available to all Missouri voters in 2020. For information on how this may affect you, visit the website's Absentee Voting page.
Where should I register to vote if I'm attending college away from home?
College students who are attending school away from home have two options.
One option is to register to vote where you are going to school. Simply contact the local election authority - the election board or the county clerk - to learn what you need to do. If you are going to college in the Kansas City area, use the links above.
You also have the option of maintaining your voter registration in your home town.
Where will I vote?
You will vote in the election jurisdiction where you registered. If you decide to register with the election authority where you are attending school, you will vote at your assigned polling location in that locality. If you are registered to vote in your home town, you may vote absentee. Missouri allows absentee voting for individuals who will be absent from their voting jurisdiction on election day.
How do I vote absentee? (Remember this takes planning on your part.)
First, request as absentee ballot from your election authority. You may request an absentee ballot by mail up to ten (10) weeks before the election. Your election authority will mail your ballot to you approximately six (6) weeks prior to the election. Complete the ballot, have it notarized (you may want to check with your campus office and ask where on campus there is a notary available), and return it to the election authority. Your ballot must be received by 7 pm on election day for it to be counted.
How do I decide where to register to vote?
Many college students care about what’s going on in their home town as well as their college community. But voters only get one vote. So consider the issues and races that are important to you and where you want your vote to count.
How do I check to see if I’m registered to vote?
If you’re not sure where you’re registered to vote, click here and enter the requested information.
The local election authority is your best resource if you have questions.
What should I do if I still have questions?