Your Polling Place Rights
No registered voter can be denied the right to vote due to disability.
If you are a voter with a disability, you may request curbside voting. In this process, a bipartisan team of election judges will bring a ballot out to your car. It is best to call ahead to your election authority to let them know that you would like to vote in this manner.
Re-Assignment of Polling Place
If you are a person with a disability, you have the right to call your local election authority to request assignment to an accessible polling place. The election authority is required by law to have at least one accessible poll in their jurisdiction, and they must assign you to it. Your ballot will count even if the accessible site is out of your precinct.
Permanently Disabled Absentee Voter Lists (PDAVL)
Every election authority in Missouri is required by law to implement a PDAVL. If you are a person with a disability, you can request an application to be on this list. Once you are placed onto this list, an absentee ballot request is automatically sent to your home before every election that year. Once the request is returned, you will be sent a ballot. Upon marking your ballot, you are not required to have a notary stamp in order to have it counted, as you must have when voting absentee otherwise. To find out more, call your local Elections Board or County Clerk's office.
What to Know on Election Day
- Every voter must have identification that has your name and address printed on the document - such as a driver’s license, state ID, voter ID card, polling place notification card, utility bill, government paycheck, university ID, or bank statement. The identification does NOT need to be a photo ID. Any of the other identification documents can be presented at the polls.
- Polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
- If you are standing in line when the polls close, you are still able to vote.
- Under Missouri law, your employer is required to give you up to two hours of paid leave to go and vote during working hours.
- Election workers or an individual of your choice can help before, during, and after voting – if you cannot read your ballot, if English is not your first language, if you cannot mark your ballot on your own, if you need to understand how the voting system works, if you do not understand the ballot language or something is confusing
- If you cannot be immediately identified as a registered voter on election day, you can request a provisional ballot
- If you make a mistake on your ballot before it is cast, you can ask for another ballot.
- Minors and small children are allowed in the polling place if accompanied by a voting adult.