Choosing to vote in Missouri or absentee? Choose wisely and quickly
Midterm elections are coming up—Nov. 6 is election day! For those of you who are young, and have been pretending to know what that entails; it’s the time when we elect senators, governors, and house representatives. Smaller municipal elections will happen at this time, but what most of the nation is rightfully concerned about are those federal offices that are up for grabs.
A decision Washington University students have to make each time elections happen is whether to vote in-state (Missouri) or absentee (your permanent address). Maybe your state has an extremely close race and you’d rather vote there. Maybe your state is pretty solid in one direction and you’d rather vote in the close senatorial race here. It’s plenty easy to register to vote through Turbovote.com if you plan on voting as a Missouri resident through your school address, but if you plan on absentee voting, it can be a bit more complicated depending on your state. Some states don’t allow you to register online and many states have early voter registration deadlines that are fast approaching. Missouri’s deadline to register, in particular, is Oct. 10.
With all that in mind, we have compiled an infographic and table denoting the states with tight races, along with the cut-off dates for voter registration, and applicable districts in close house seat elections.