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Election 2020

Information on voting, voter registration, candidates and issues in the Presidential and other elections.

2020 Elections Guide

This guide will help you find credible information on candidates, political parties, and campaign issues for the 2020 elections, including voter registration.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

Missouri General Election: Nov 3, 2020

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Postmarked by Wed Oct 7, 2020
  • Deadline to Request an Absentee or a Mail-in Ballot: Received by Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:00PM CDT
  • Absentee/Mail-In Ballots sent out beginning Tue Sep 22, 2020
  • Deadline to Return Completed Ballot: Tue Nov 3, 2020 7:00PM CST

NOTE: There is a difference between Absentee and Mail-in. Absentee ballots require an excuse. Some types require notarization. Mail-in ballots are an option for all registered Missouri voters for this election. The envelope must be notarized before mailing. 

Illinois General Election: Nov 3, 2020

  • Early Voting: Oct 19, 2020 - Nov 2, 2020
  • Voter Registration Deadlines:
    • Tue Oct 6, 2020
    • Online by Sun Oct 18, 2020
    • Voter Registration "Grace Period" Wed Oct 7, 2020 thru Election Day
    • Election Day Registration & Voting (Call Local Election Office) Tue Nov 3, 2020
  • Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot:
    • Thu Oct. 29, 2020 
    • In-Person Request by Mon Nov 2, 2020
  • Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot: Postmarked by Tue Nov 3, 2020; received by Tue Nov 17, 2020

St. Louis County Election Board

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Board of Election Commissioners of the City of St. Louis

The Board of Election Commissioners for the City of St. Louis (the “BEC”) will offer off-site absentee voting at four St. Louis Public Library locations starting on Monday, October 12, 2020, and continuing until Monday, November 2, the day before the General Election on November 3. Absentee voting will be available for those individuals who meet the qualification requirements set forth in RSMO Sec. 115.277.1 [] from 11:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, as well as from 1:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Wednesday and Thursday, at the following locations:

  1. Buder Library – 4401 Hampton Avenue.
  2. Central Library – 1301 Olive Street.
  3. Julia Davis Library – 4415 Natural Bridge Avenue.
  4. Schlafly Library – 225 N. Euclid Avenue.

Voters who want to vote an absentee ballot at these locations will only be able to vote on a touch screen machine. Voters who want to cast a paper ballot will have to do so at the BEC’s office at 300 N. Tucker Blvd.

Absentee voting will begin on Tuesday, September 22, at the BEC’s office which will be open from 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, as well as on Saturday, October 24, and Saturday, October 31, from 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. The last day that a voter can request an absentee ballot by mail is Wednesday, October 21. The last day that a voter can vote an absentee ballot in person is Monday, November 2.

A sample ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election, as well as a variety of other useful information, is available on the BEC’s website at Due to the length of the ballot, voters are encouraged to print a copy of the sample ballot, mark it, and bring it with them when they go to cast their ballot.

The St. Louis Public Library also offers a variety of voter services at all locations. For more information, visit the Library’s website at []

Related Guides

Voter Intimidation

The right of each voter to cast his or her ballot free from intimidation or coercion is a foundational principle of a free and democratic society. Federal law prohibits voter intimidation.

What should I do if I see or experience voter intimidation?

  • If you fear imminent violence, call 9-1-1.
  • Notify your local election official at your polling place.
  • Document what you saw or experienced: what happened, where, and when, and whether any voters were deterred from voting.
  • Call Election Protection at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683). Assistance is also available in Spanish at 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888- 839-8682), in Arabic at 844-YALLA-US (844-915- 5187), and Asian languages at 888-API-VOTE (1-888-174-8683). A video American Sign Language line is available at 301-818-VOTE (301-818-8683).

Source: Fact Sheet: Protecting Against Voter Intimidation, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Georgetown University Law Center, [2020].

What should I do if I see armed groups near a polling place or voter registration drive?

First, document what you see:

➢   What are the armed people doing?
➢   What are the armed people wearing?
➢   Are they carrying firearms?  If so, what type? If not, are they carrying other types of weapons?
➢   Are they wearing insignia?  If so, what does it say or look like?
➢   Are they bearing signs or flags?
➢   Do they seem to be patrolling like a law enforcement officer might do?
➢   Do they seem to be coordinating their actions?
➢   Do they have a leader?
➢   Are they stopping or talking to people outside of their group?
➢   Do they appear to be provoking or threatening violence?  If so, what are they doing specifically?
➢   Are people turning away from the polling station after seeing or speaking with them?

Second, call Election Protection at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) to report what you see.

Assistance in also available in Spanish at 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888- 839-8682), in Arabic at 844- YALLA-US (844-915-5187), and Asian languages at 888-API-VOTE (1-888-174-8683).  A video call number for American Sign Language is available at 301-818-VOTE (301-818-8683).
Source: Fact Sheet: Unlawful Militias in Missouri, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Georgetown University Law Center, [2020].

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000