Voter Registration Deadlines Today

Missourians must register by 5 p.m.; online registration continues in Illinois.

Brian Kelly
October 10, 2018 - 7:02 am

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - If you believe that if you don't vote you can't complain, then today is your last day to register to complain.

The deadline to register to vote in the November election in Missouri is 5 p.m. Wednesday. That's also the deadline to register in person in Illinois, although residents of that state can register online until Oct. 21. 

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St. Louis County Election Commissioner Eric Fey tells KMOX they haven't seen the surge in voter registrations reported in some parts of the country, but the approaching deadline is bringing a last-minute rush. 

"Just like the income tax deadline," Fey says, "people do wait for the end, the deadline. So we will receive, just like over the past weekend Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we'll receive 10,000 registration cards."

He says on Tuesday, they returned from the post office with seven tubs of mail.

"It's a lot of paper pushing. A lot of data entry. It takes us several days. We'll work through the weekend trying to get those registrations up to date," he says.

Fey says if you have moved to a different county, you must re-register. He says it's also a good idea to do so if you have moved within a county, because otherwise, you'll have to update your information on election day, which will add to your wait. 

For information on registering to vote in Missouri, visit the Missouri Secretary of State's website. 

For information on registering in Illinois, visit the Illinois Board of Elections website.