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Elections Research Guide

Sources of information (primarily US) for elections.

Welcome to 2024! This year is full of elections and opportunities to make your voice heard at the ballot box whether you’re voting here in Missouri or in your home state.

Step 1: Register to vote

If you have never registered to vote before or if you have moved since the last election, you can check your registration to ensure your current address is your registered address. You can register to vote using the TurboVote tool. If you have any questions, send an email to the Gephardt Institute's Civic Engagement Manager, Otto Brown, at

Students may register to vote at their home address or their campus address. For more information, see this article from US.VOTE.

The registration deadlines for the 2024 Missouri elections are below. Registration deadlines and election days in other states can be found here.

Official Election Day                                                       Style of Election                                               Last Day to Register to Vote

Saturday, March 2, 2024                          Republican Presidential Caucus                   Saturday, February 24, 2024
Saturday, March 23, 2024                        Democratic Presidential Primary                   Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Tuesday, April 2, 2024                              General Municipal Election                           Thursday, March 6, 2024
Tuesday, August 6, 2024                           Primary Election                                           Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Tuesday, November 5, 2024                     General Election                                           Wednesday, October 9, 2024

Step 2: Check your voter registration

All voters should check to make sure their voter registration file is active before any given election. You can check your voter registration in any state here. If you just registered, it may take 1-2 weeks before your file shows up in the system.

Step 3: Create a voting plan

How will you vote (by mail or in person)? When will you vote (on or before Election Day)? What time will you vote? With whom will you vote? These are some of the questions you should answer as elections approach. Check out this resource from the League of Women Voters for more information.

You can check voting options for your state here. You can also sign up for reminders for important deadlines here.

In-person, Election Day voting is for individuals who would like to vote in person at the polls on Election Day. St. Louis City voters can find their polling places here and St. Louis County can find their locations here. (Not sure if you live in the City or the County? Use this tool.) For voters outside the St. Louis region, you can use this polling place locator to find your assigned polling place.

Absentee voting is for individuals who will be “absent” on Elec­tion Day. In Missouri, an excuse is necessary to vote absentee by mail. Valid excuses can be found here. Beginning two weeks before a given election, no-excuse, in-person absentee voting will be available at local election authorities and their designated satellite locations. St. Louis City voters can find their polling places here and St. Louis County can find their locations here.  You must request an absentee ballot before your state’s deadline.

For more information about events and resources related to voter engagement, visit or connect with WashU Votes on Instagram.

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Notaries @ WU

Visit for a link to get election-related materials notarized, or reach out to individuals on this list of notaries at WashU. If you have any questions about this list or general voting processes and procedures, please reach out Otto Brown, Civic Engagement Manager, at