Under a new law that went into effect this week, Missouri voters must now present a government issued ID when voting.
The Secretary of State's office has provided guidance on the new law, and resources for voters to request free government issued IDs.
At the polling place, voters must now show one of the forms of acceptable identification and sign the poll book to obtain a ballot:
Your provisional ballot will count if: (1) you return to your polling place on Election Day with a photo ID; or (2) the signature on your provisional ballot envelope is determined by your local election authority to match the signature on your voter registration record.
If you cast a provisional ballot, you will receive a stub from your provisional ballot envelope with instructions on how to verify that your provisional ballot is counted.
How do I get a free photo ID?
If you do not possess an acceptable form of photo ID, you might be eligible for a free Missouri nondriver license for voting purposes.
The Missouri Department of Revenue, through the license offices throughout the state, provides one (1) nondriver license at no charge to Missourians who wish to obtain a photo ID for voting purposes (and do not already have one).
Call 573-526-VOTE (8683) or visit https://dor.mo.gov/
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Vital Records, can provide one (1) fee exempt copy of a certified Missouri birth certificate to an individual seeking to obtain one (1) free nondriver’s license in order to vote in Missouri if the applicant does not already have a current nondriver’s license or current driver’s license.
Call (573) 751-6387 or email VitalRecordsInfo@health.mo.gov
The Missouri Secretary of State will help voters obtain official documents needed to get a Missouri nondriver license. Examples include birth certificate; marriage license; adoption decree; U.S. Department of State naturalization papers; or court order changing one's name. The department will pay for official documents from other states or the federal government. For information and to request assistance, visit Voter ID (mo.gov).
The last day to register to vote in the November election is October 12th. To register in Jackson County, visit Registration | Jackson County Missouri Election Board (jcebmo.org).