Howard County, Missouri Elections


Find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. If you still need help, you can reach us by email at or phone at (660) 248-2284.

Registering to Vote

Am I registered to vote in Howard County?

Contact us by phone at (660) 248-2284 to find out if you are currently registered to vote in Howard County. You can also check your registration online at Missouri Secretary of State.

Do I need to register with a political party?

In Missouri when you register to vote, you do not have to declare a party.

I’ve moved. How do I change my address?

Howard County Clerk’s office allows you to change your address by mail or in person. You can download a new voter registration card, complete it, and mail it in, or you can fill out the form in person at the Howard County Clerk’s Office. You can also update your address or name at the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

How and Where to Vote

Where do I vote?

You can find information about where to vote on our Where to Vote on Election Day page.

How can I request an absentee ballot? What’s the last day I can request an absentee ballot?

Find absentee voting deadlines and other details on our Absentee Voting page.

What to Expect on Election Day

Will I have to show ID to vote?

Yes. Review the Missouri Secretary of State’s Policy on forms of ID needed to vote.

What are my rights as a voter?

  • If the polls close while you’re still in line, stay in line – you have the right to vote.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
  • If the machines are down at your polling place, the election judges will advise you regarding the placement of your ballot.

Why do I have to choose a party for the August Primary Election

  • This is a “Party” primary election. You must choose a party to participate. Your choices are Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green, Constitutional parties or Non-Partisan. This election is to “nominate” the party candidate to advance to the November General Election.
  • After you check in and sign the poll register, you can point to the name of the party ballot you wish to vote so that the judges can hand you the correct one. Depending on which ballot you choose, you might have a specific race on your party ballot or not. Please, please look over the sample ballots before you make your choice to ensure your candidate is on the ballot you choose.
  • Missouri voters DO NOT register by party. You can pick any party ballot style you would like at the poll. Your ballot style will only include the candidates that filed under that party. You do not get to vote on everyone. You will only vote on the party you choose.

Do you record which ballot I receive for the August Primary Election?

No. We do not keep track of which party ballot the voters receive.

Will I have to vote for the same political party that I voted for last time?

No. When you vote in a Primary Election, you can select which party ballot you’d like to use.

Can I wear my favorite candidate’s propaganda to go vote?

No. You cannot wear or bring candidate campaign materials into the polling place or within 25 feet of the exterior door. We love that you are passionate about your candidate, but please don’t break the law by wearing your hat, t-shirt, etc. into the poll. That means you cannot discuss your favorite politician while in the poll either. Not with people in line, not with yourself or with the poll workers.

Accessible Voting

What if I have a permanent disability and want to vote in person?

It is your right to vote privately and independently. For information about your options, visit our Accessible Voting page.

How to Get Involved

How can I become an election worker?

If you’d like to serve your community and make money as an election worker, see what’s involved on our Become an Election Worker page.

How do I run for office? How can I help add a measure to the ballot?

For information for candidates and campaigns, visit our Resources for Candidates page.

How can I get to know my local election department?

Elections are people powered! To learn more about your local election department and get in touch, visit the Contact Us page.