Published July 6th, 2022 at 11:30 AM
Missouri’s Aug. 2 primary is fast approaching. Time to get things lined up so you know if you can vote, where you can vote, and what you’ll be voting on when Election Day rolls around.
Missourians have some high-profile races coming up, with a long list of candidates for each party. In Missouri, the primary is open, meaning you do not need to show a party registration to vote for a candidate. You will, however, have to choose which party’s ballot you want.
The lists are long. There are 21 Republican candidates and 11 Democrats vying for the right to represent their party in the November general election for U.S. Senate. Congressional races in the area also have multiple candidates to choose from.
KCUR assembled a guide to help you navigate Missouri’s 2022 election, including information on how to vote, and a brief rundown of what to expect on your ballot.
In Missouri, you must be 17-and-a-half years old to register and 18 to vote. You must also be a Missouri resident and a United States citizen.
The deadline to register to vote before Missouri’s primary election is July 6, 2022.
Not sure whether you’re already registered? This page at the Secretary of State website can help you find out.
Otherwise you can register the following ways:
Absentee voting is available in Missouri, but there are eligibility and notary requirements.
You can vote absentee if you expect to be away from your voting jurisdiction on Election Day, if you have a physical disability, for religious beliefs, if you are an election worker away from your own polling place, if you are incarcerated, or if you are a certified participant in an address confidentiality program. The request must be made at your local election office.
Absentee applications must be mailed or faxed in enough time to arrive at the election office by the second Wednesday before an election. For Missouri’s primary, that deadline is July 20, 2022.
In-person absentee voting at your local election office started on June 21, 2022. It’s available until 5 p.m. the day before the election.
In-person polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 2. If you are in line at the closing time, you still have a right to cast a ballot – stay in line!
Your polling place is determined by where you live, but may have changed since the last time you voted. Locate your polling location here.
Need more accessible voting? Arrangements are available for those with mobility issues and disabilities, including audio ballots, enlarged text. There’s also an option to request a different polling place if yours is not accessible, or to sign up for permanent absentee voting.
According to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website, polling places will also offer 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.”
Yes. For the Aug. 2 primary, you don’t need a photo ID to vote. One of the following forms of identification is considered acceptable:
Voter ID requirements will change in Missouri starting with the November general election, because of a recently signed law that requires photo ID. That law also repeals the mail as an option for delivering ballots. But the changes don’t go into effect until Aug. 28, 2022, and will not affect the primary.
Starting this fall, acceptable photo identification will include a non-expired Missouri driver’s license or state ID, non-expired passports, and photo military IDs. You can get a photo ID for free, at the Missouri Department of Revenue or by calling 573-526-VOTE (8683).
If you don’t have the required ID, you can still fill out a provisional ballot. However, you’ll need to take action to make sure your vote is counted – your provisional ballot will include a stub telling you how to verify your identification.
You can do so by returning to your polling place on Election Day with an accepted photo ID, or if local election officials determine that your signature matches the one on your voter registration record.
In the August primary, Missouri voters will pick their candidates for a few statewide races and a whole lot of local ones – including the state legislature, plus county and city contests.
Here’s a list of the primary contests for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order, and campaign websites are included where they could be found.
Find your full sample ballot here.
A flood of candidates filed for Missouri’s U.S. Senate races after Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, who was first elected in 2010, announced last year he would not seek re-election.
With the balance of the U.S. Senate at stake this year, expect a lot of attention on who wins Missouri’s primaries.
Members of the U.S. House are re-elected every two years, so every representative in Missouri is on the ballot this year. However, not all primaries are competitive.
Another thing to note: Your congressional district might be different this year than it was before. Following the 2020 census, the Missouri General Assembly approved a redistricting plan that creates new congressional maps, rearranging the boundaries of House districts.
Check the Secretary of State’s website to find out which congressional district you’re voting in.
Here’s a rundown of Republicans and Democrats running in the primaries for each U.S. House race.
Roxie Hammill is a freelance journalist in Kansas City. This story first appeared on KCUR 89.3, a member of the KC Media Collective.