The 2020 election is less than two months away. Here’s how to register to vote
There are about 60 days left until Missourians tally their votes for who they want in the White House, the U.S. House, the Governor’s Mansion and the statehouse.
And if you’re not registered to vote yet, you've got until Oct. 7 to join them.
Quick note: you must be a U.S. citizen and be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day to register.
But if that’s you, you've got three main options.
How to register to vote in person, what ID to bring
Perhaps the simplest is to visit your local election authority’s office in person to fill out an application there. You’ll want to bring proof of identification just like you would need at the polls.
Eligible IDs include:
- Any ID issued by the state or U.S. government, like a driver’s license or U.S. passport;
- Any ID issued by a university, college, or vocational and technical school in Missouri; or
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or another government document with your name and address on it.
If you're in Greene County, the clerk’s office is at the historic county courthouse at 940 Boonville Ave., Room 113, in Springfield. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
In Christian County, the clerk's office is at 100 W. Church St., Room 304, in Ozark. Hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Where else can you register in person?
Greene County residents can also register to vote at other public institutions, including:
- Any Springfield-Greene County library branch;
- City halls in Springfield, Willard, Republic, Fair Grove, Battlefield and Strafford;
- Missouri State, Evangel and Drury universities; and
- Public high schools in Springfield, Fair Grove, Ash Grove, Willard, Republic, Strafford and Rogersville.
A full list is available on the Greene County Clerk’s website at https://greenecountymo.gov/files/PDF/file.pdf?id=1614.
How to register to vote by mail, where to register online
You can also register online or by mail.
The online form is at https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterregistration/. Just make sure to fill in the bubble that says you’re using “a tablet, mobile device, or other touchscreen device.”
If you want to register by mail and you've got a way to print something out, that application is at https://s1.sos.mo.gov/Elections/VoterRegistration/Home/Print.
You can also call your local election authority and have them mail you an application. The Greene County Clerk's office number is 417-868-4055 and the Christian County Clerk's number is 417-582-4340.
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Once you’ve filled out your mail-in application and signed it, you’ll need to mail it to your local election authority, which in Greene County is at "County Clerk, 940 Boonville Ave., Room 113, Springfield, MO 65802.” In Christian County, the address is "Kay Brown, Christian County Clerk, 100 W. Church, Rm 304, Ozark, MO 65721."
A mail-in application must be postmarked by Oct. 7 for you to vote Nov. 3.
How to send a copy of your ID to your local election authority
Now, if you plan to vote in-person on Election Day, you're done. But if you register online or by mail and you plan to vote by mail this fall, you'll also need to get a copy of your ID to your local election authority.
In Greene and Christian counties, both clerks said you can do that by mail, email, fax or in-person, and you can include it with your application for absentee or mail-in ballot, too.
In Greene County:
- Mail goes to "County Clerk, 940 N. Boonville Ave., Room 113, Springfield, MO 65802";
- Emails go to email@example.com;
- Faxes go to 417-868-4170; and
- You can submit in-person at 940 Boonville Ave., Room 113, in Springfield.
In Christian County:
- Mail goes to "Kay Brown, Christian County Clerk, 100 W. Church, Rm 304, Ozark, MO 65721";
- Emails go to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com;
- Faxes go to 417-581-8331; and
- You can submit in-person at 100 W. Church St., Room 304, in Ozark.
You can also use any of the three options to change your registered address when you move.
Your local election authority will have seven business days to process your application and put a verification notice in the mail.
Austin Huguelet is the News-Leader's politics reporter. Got something he should know? Have a question? Call him at 417-403-8096 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also support local journalism at News-Leader.com/subscribe.