Register to Vote

How do I register to vote?

In order to register to vote in Cape Girardeau County, residents must complete a voter registration application.  This can be done online, by mail, or in-person. 

What is the deadline to register to vote?

If you move from one county in Missouri to another county in Missouri, you must register with your new county of residence.  You must complete a new voter registration application prior to the registration deadline which is 5:00 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday prior to the election date.  You can register to vote by submitting a new voter registration application online, by mail, or in-person (see above).  If you move within Cape Girardeau County, you are permitted to change your registration address any time up to or on Election Day.

Register to Vote Online

You can register to vote online through the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office webpage.

Register to Vote by Mail

You can register to vote by mail by completing a post card voter registration application.  A mail-in application can be obtained online through the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office webpage or by requesting an application from the County Clerk’s Office by calling (573)243-3547.

Register to Vote In-Person

You can register in person at one of the following locations:

County Clerk’s Office
 County Administration Building
1 Barton Square, Suite 301
Jackson, MO 63755
County Satellite Offices in Cape Girardeau
2311 Bloomfield, Suite 102
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
Riverside Regional Library
 1997 E. Jackson Blvd.
Jackson, MO 63755
Cape Girardeau City Library
711 N. Clark
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Jackson License Bureau
2062 Walton Dr.
Jackson, MO 63755
Cape Girardeau License Bureau
51 S. Plaza Way
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
Missouri Division of Employment Security
6 Girardeau Ct.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center
1121 Linden
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Residents can also complete applications at a designated state agency while obtaining services from the agency. Examples of state agencies providing registration applications to their clients include Division of Family Services, Military Recruitment, or WIC.

Am I required to show identification when registering to vote?

When registering in person at the County Clerk’s Office or County Satellite Office, applicants shall identify themselves by presenting a copy of a birth certificate, a Native American tribal document, other proof of United States citizenship, a valid Missouri driver’s license or other form of personal identification at the time of registration (RSMo. 115.135.2).

Will I receive confirmation after registering to vote?

Within 7 days of receiving your registration, the County Clerk’s Office will mail verification that your registration has been received and processed. If you do not receive verification, you should contact the County Clerk’s Office at (573)243-3547.  If your identification has been verified, you will receive your voter identification card.  If your identification has not been verified, you will receive a letter informing you that you are registered to vote and that your voter identification card will be sent to you after you present your identification to the County Clerk’s Office or vote for the first time.

How can I update my address or name on my voter registration record?

If you have moved to a different address within the same county, you are permitted to change your registration address any time up to or on Election Day.  It is recommended that you notify the County Clerk’s Office of any address change prior to Election Day in order to determine your new assigned polling place.  Address changes must be requested in writing.  You may update your address and/or name on your voter registration record by submitting a new voter registration application online, by mail, or in-person (see above).  The County Clerk’s Office will enter the change on your record and issue you a new voter identification card. Voters are allowed to vote at one election under their old name without changing their voter registration after notifying the election judges of the name change.

I lost my voter identification card. How do I obtain a new one?

A registered voter may contact the County Clerk’s Office to request a new voter identification card.  Your voter identification card contains your polling location and address as well as the districts in which you are entitled to vote.  Voters must present an acceptable form of identification to vote.