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Voter 101 - Important Deadlines & Information

The August 5 primary is less than two weeks away. The primary election determines each party's nominee for the general election. There are a number of races where the officeholder will be decided by the winner of the primary because candidates from only one political party are running. Click here for a full list of primary election candidates in your area.

When more credit union members vote, it’s more likely that their voices will be heard on Capitol Hill and in the state house in Jefferson City.  With that in mind, there are some deadlines to be aware of if you are unable to get to a polling place on Election Day, or if you aren’t registered to vote.

Voting Absentee

Registered Missouri voters can request absentee ballots online or from their local election authority. There are some important deadlines to keep in mind:

  • The election authority must receive mail-in or faxed absentee ballot requests no later than 5 p.m. on July 30 for the primary election on August 5. Absentee ballot requests for the November 4 general election must be submitted by 5 p.m. October 29.
  • Voters can vote by absentee in the office of the local election authority until 5 p.m. the night before the election (August 4 for the primary, November 3 for the general).

Be sure to check the Missouri Secretary of State website for additional information and requirements for voting absentee.

Register to Vote

While it is too late to register to vote for the primary elections, there is plenty of time to be ready for the November 4 general election. The registration deadline is October 8

To vote in the state of Missouri, eligible voters must register with the election authority. You must be 17 ½ years of age, a U.S. citizen and a Missouri resident. Register today by visiting your local County Clerk’s office or the Missouri Secretary of State’s website

Hold a Voter Registration Drive at Your Credit Union

Holding a voter registration drive at your credit union branch(es) is one way to engage the community in political action. For information on holding a voter registration drive, click here.   

More than 500,000 eligible voters in Missouri did not register to vote for the 2012 elections. Encourage the people around you – particularly other credit union members – to register to vote and take action in the upcoming 2014 elections.

For more information on advocacy issues, contact Amy McLard or David Kent with the Missouri Credit Union Association Advocacy department.