Voting is an essential form of civic engagement. The Gephardt Institute facilitates this process by actively encouraging voter registration and participation in local, state, and national elections. Equally important to the voting process is the cultivation of informed citizens who know what they are voting about, and why. Learn about our goals and how we will achieve them in our Engage Democracy plan.
Register to Vote in any state!
We partner with TurboVote to make voter registration as simple as possible. Not sure if you’re registered yet? It’s also fast and easy to check your voter registration status or sign up for emailed election reminders.
Upcoming Local Elections
If you are not registered to vote in Missouri, check here (or with your local board of elections) for information about upcoming elections in your home state.
Missouri Voter ID Updates
If you are registered or planning to register to vote in Missouri, you will need a federal ID or Missouri-issued ID to vote. According to current MO state law, students IDs and out-of-state driver’s licenses will not be acceptable forms of ID.
General Voting Information and Resources
Beyond the presidential election, ongoing participation in local elections is essential for making sure your voice counts.
- Students voting absentee in other states can check Vote411.org for nonpartisan information about local elections and learn what will be on the ballot based on their address.
- Show one form of identification, eligible under Missouri’s voter ID law
- WashU students can get free postage and envelopes to send election mail from the South 40, Village, and Lofts mail rooms, courtesy of the Gephardt Institute.
If you have any questions, please email the Associate Director for Civic Engagement, Alannah Glickman, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that WashU students and St. Louis County community members can vote on campus during Presidential and Primary election years? The Gephardt Institute runs the campus polling place at the Athletic Complex every two years. Find us next in 2024!
Party at the Polls
Don’t love waiting in lines? Neither do we! When you vote on campus you’ll find games, live music, and free food to keep you busy until it’s your turn to cast a ballot.
General Voting FAQs
If a student is a U.S. citizen, lives and attends school in Missouri, and has a Missouri mailing address, they can vote in Missouri.
So long as you live in Missouri and have an address in Missouri, you can be considered a Missouri resident for voting purposes. For more information about residency, visit the nonpartisan Campus Vote Project’s FAQ section here.
It’s up to you to decide. You can register to vote in Missouri or your home state. We encourage you to research the issues you care about and decide based on your civic values. You may only vote in one location.
If you live on the South 40, use this address:
6515 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105-2215
If you live in the Village, use this address:
6985 Snow Way
St. Louis, MO 63130-4400
Yes. Since your mailing address has changed, you need to update your voter registration. To do that, visit TurboVote and once you arrive at the Missouri Secretary of State website, select “Address Change,” and complete the form. See this informational video if you need further guidance.
Yes. Since your mailing address has changed, you need to update your voter registration.
- If you still live in St. Louis County, visit TurboVote and once you arrive at the Missouri Secretary of State website, select “Address Change,” and complete the form.
- If you now live in St. Louis City, visit TurboVote and once you arrive at the Missouri Secretary of State website, select “New Registration,” and complete the form.
See this informational video if you need additional guidance.
WashU is positioned on the boundary of St. Louis County and St. Louis City. Students should click here to determine if they are city or county residents. Any student living on campus (on the South 40 or in the Village) lives in St. Louis County.
You will need a federal ID (e.g., a passport, passport card, military ID, or Global Entry card) or Missouri-issued ID to vote. According to current MO state law, students IDs and out-of-state driver’s licenses will not be acceptable forms of ID.
You can check your registration status in all 50 states & D.C. using TurboVote. If your registration does not come up or appears to be inaccurate, you may want to check with your state’s election authority as well. (TurboVote updates periodically, and your state’s information may be more up to date.)
- If you are registered to vote in St. Louis County, you may vote at any polling place in the County. For a complete list, visit the St. Louis County Board of Elections website here.
- If you are registered to vote in St. Louis City, visit the St. Louis City Board of Elections site here.
Some ballots will come with a QR code or other way to track the ballot. Simply keep that information after you mail your ballot in and follow the instructions to track your ballot.
USPS recommends sending your ballot in 10 days before it needs to be received.
o be an election judge in St. Louis City or County, you must be a registered Missouri voter.
Want to get involved and support voter engagement?
WashU Votes is a student organization that promotes voter engagement and education for undergraduates at WashU. By joining WashU Votes, students have the opportunity to expand civic engagement on campus while becoming more educated about issues facing our local, state, and federal communities.
Grad Students Vote!
For professional and graduate students, we are in the process of creating a new coalition called Grad Students Vote. Email Associate Director for Civic Engagement, Alannah Glickman, if you are interested in helping us develop this effort.