Elections & Voter Information

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact the County Clerk's Office at 660-259-4315 or E-Mail.

Where to Register to Vote
Lafayette County residents can register to vote:

*At the County Clerk's Office
*At the City Hall in most Cities
*At any Department of Motor Vehicles office, or state agency providing a service to the public (WIC, Social Services, etc)
*Online at https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register.aspx.  If you register online, you will not be able to request to absentee vote until your signature has been witnessed in person.

Voter Registration Information
Registration Qualifications:
*18 Years of age by Election Day
*US Citizen
*Lafayette County Resident

The last day to register to vote for the April 4, 2023 Municipal Election is March 8th, 2023.

Address Change Information
If you are a registered voter in Lafayette County and need to update your address, please fill out the attached form and E-Mail it.
Voter Change of Address Form

As of January 1, 2023, you may declare your political party affiliation.  You can do this online at the following link:  https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
You can also declare in person at the Lafayette County Clerk's office.

Election Day
The polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.   Please exercise your right to vote.  See list of polling locations below.

Avoid Long Lines
As always, voters can help avoid lines at the polls in several ways.
*Have identification ready as you enter the polling location
*Avoid peak times. These times are: 6:00-8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.
*Be Prepared. Study the ballots that are printed in the newspapers and that are available online to know how you intend to vote on each candidate and issue prior to entering the polls.

Acceptable Forms of ID
Show one of the forms of acceptable identification at the polling place:
A nonexpired Missouri driver or non-driver license;
A nonexpired military ID, including a veteran’s ID card;
A nonexpired United States passport; or
Another photo ID issued by the United States or the state of Missouri which is either not expired or expired after the date of the most recent general election.
Acceptable Forms of ID Form
No person shall be entitled to vote:
*While confined under a sentence of imprisonment
*While on probation or parole after the conviction of a felony
*After conviction of a felony or misdemeanor connected with voting or the right of suffrage.

Absentee Information

Absentee voting for the April 4, 2023 Municipal election begins February 21st, 2023.
Absentee ballots may be voted in the Office of the County Clerk until 5:00 p.m. the day before the election.  The office is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals may request absentee ballots by mail by contacting the office at 660-259-4315. Voters can also print a request and E-mail to the office. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail for the April 4, 2023 Municipal election is March 22, 2023
Absentee Request Form

The last two weeks of absentee voting is held in the Office and is no-excuse (does not require a reason).  All other absentee voters must provide one of the following reasons for voting absentee:
  • Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which I am registered;
  • Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability on election day, including caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability and resides at the same address;
  • Religious belief or practice
  • Employment as an election authority or by an election authority at a location other than my polling place, a first responder, a health care worker, or a member of law enforcement;
  • Incarceration, although I have retained all the necessary qualifications for voting;
  • Certified participation in the address confidentiality program established under sections 589.660 to 589.681 because of safety concerns
Relatives within the first degree (parents and children) may complete an absentee ballot request application, in person, on behalf of the voter who wishes to vote absentee.

Absentee ballot by mail requests must be received by the election authority no later than the 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday prior to any election.

Additional information for military and overseas voters may be found at the Secretary of State's website.