The Missouri primary election will be held on August 4, 2020, and this year’s primary will have quite a few offices and issues for voters to decide on! Although more voters typically turn out for the general election in November, primary elections are just as important because they determine which candidates will be on that next ballot. If you’re passionate about politics, voting in special and primary elections are critical!
To help make the process easier, starting on July 20, the League of Women Voters will once again offer their Vote411 forum with personalized ballots, which allows users to plug in their address and see exactly what will be on their ballot on election day. Vote411 includes candidate information (provided by each of the candidates), as well as arguments for and against ballot initiatives. After reviewing the choices, you can check the box next to your selection and then print or save a copy of your completed ballot to use as a reference when you head to the polls. Doing this work up front will save you time and stress when you head to the polls!
In addition to this bit of advance homework, Missouri voters also have the option to choose between voting in person or via a mailed-in absentee ballot this year (due to the ongoing public health crisis). Voters who prefer to do the latter can find more information about the process on the Missouri Secretary of State’s website.
Lastly, if you’re not currently registered to vote, make sure you do so by October 7 to be eligible to vote in the presidential election in November.
-MCPL Marketing & Communications