At the heart of the University’s mission is the support and development of students who contribute to the region and beyond. A critical element of this development are engaged citizens who participate in the election process.

Registering to Vote

If you are a Missouri resident you may vote in elections if you:

  • Are a United States citizen.
  • Are 18 years of age by Election Day.
  • Are not on probation after conviction for a felony or misdemeanor connected with voting or the right of others to vote.

If you are a Missouri resident you can learn more about voter registration by visiting Missouri Secretary of State’s Register to Vote.

You can check your voter registration by visiting Missouri Secretary of State Voter Registration.

The Missouri Secretary of State maintains an online outreach center that allows you to search for your polling place based on your address. You must be already registered to vote to use this service, this online outreach center only identifies where someone would vote based on where they reside.

To vote in Missouri a registered voter needs one of the following forms of identification (from Cape Girardeau County Elections):

  • Nonexpired Missouri driver’s license
  • Nonexpired or nonexpiring Missouri nondriver’s license
  • A passport or passport card
  • A military ID
  • Or a document that is issued by the United States or state of Missouri and contains your name, photograph, and expiration date.
If you don’t have one of these IDs to present when voting, you may cast a provisional ballot. If you return to the polls with your ID or your signature matches your voter registration record, your ballot will still count.
Please note: There is pending court cases with House Bill 1878 which could affect these changes. We will keep you updated.

If you are a Illinois resident you may vote in elections if you:

  • Are a United States citizen.
  • Are 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 years of age on or before the date of the General or Consolidated Election.
  • Have lived in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • Are not serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction.
  • Do not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

You can check your registration by visiting the Illinois State Board of Elections Voter Application.

If you are not registered to vote you can complete the process online via the Illinois State Board of Elections Voter Application.

Many other states have online voter registration. You can look for your state at

Voting by Absentee Ballot

For Missouri residents you can find out more details on voting by absentee ballots by visiting Missouri Secretary of State’s Absentee Voting website. 

Request a Missouri Absentee Ballot

For all other states you can request an absentee ballot through

Exercise your Redhawks Right to Vote Informational Webpage 

Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recognize the importance of voting and want to assist students in preparing for the upcoming elections. To support this effort a webpage has been developed as an educational tool that provides detailed voting registration, absentee ballot information and nonpartisan candidate informational links.

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