Voter Engagement and Registration

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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.

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 for nonpartisan information about local elections and learn what will be on the ballot based on their address.
  • Students who live in St. Louis city are encouraged to participate in the upcoming primary and general elections.
  • Register as a voter or update your address at 
  • Show one form of identification, eligible under Missouri’s voter ID law.

Register to Vote with TurboVote!

Not sure if you registered as a voter in Missouri? Want to check if your current address is listed? You can check out your official voter registration information here.

Not sure where to go to vote? Look up your address on the Missouri Secretary of State website to learn where your polling place is this election.

Under Missouri’s new photo ID law, effective June 1, 2017, there are three options for eligible voter ID:

  1. Show a government issued photo ID (driver license, non-driver license, passport, military ID).
  2. Sign a statement confirming identity AND provide a secondary form of identification (paycheck, bank statement, voter registration card, Missouri university ID, other government document showing name and address).
  3. If the voter is registered but has no form of ID, a provisional ballot may be cast.

The state of Missouri will assist individuals in obtaining a free non-driver license for the purpose of voter identification. Request help here.

Also, remember, you will not be able to look at your phone once you enter your polling place so be sure to write down any notes you need on a piece of paper.


If you have any questions, please contact Cara Johnson, Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Service.