Voting by absentee ballot, preparation, submitting applications by mail and in person, permanently disabled voters.
OverviewAny voter may vote an absentee ballot if he/she expects to be unable to go to his/her regular polling place on election day for any of the following reasons:
- Absence on Election Day
- Incapacity or confinement due to illness or disability
- Religious Belief
- Employment as an election authority
- Incarceration provided all qualifications for voting are retained.
- Certified participant in the address confidentiality program established under section 589.660-589.681 because of safety concerns.
Ballot has to be notarized
If you are voting absentee for any reason other than being disabled, part of the active military, or are currently in a foreign country, you will need to sign your ballot return envelope in the presence of a notary public.
You must submit an application for an Absentee Ballot to be issued to you by mail.
Download the Absentee Ballot Application.
Once you have filled out an application you must submit it to the Election Board, you can do so by mail, by fax, or a guardian or relative within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity may also request an absentee ballot for a voter in person at the Election Board.
If you cannot obtain an application, you can still apply. Write us a letter and include the information stated below:
The application must be in writing and state:
- The applicant’s name
- The address at which the voter is registered
- The reason for voting an absentee ballot
- The address to which the ballot is to be mailed (if mailing is requested)
- Must also include a signature.
- If the election is a primary election, the application must also indicate which ballot (that of a political party or a non-partisan/issues only ballot, if available) the voter wishes to vote.
In Person Voting:
Absentee voting begins at the Election Board on the sixth Tuesday prior to each election and ends at 5:00 P.M. the day before the election.
Office hours are 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Please bring an acceptable Voter ID card with you and you can cast your ballot in our office during this time period.
What to Expect
If doing Absentee by mail, a ballot will be mailed to you.
Delivering a Completed Absentee Ballot Application or Absentee Ballot to the Board of Elections in Person
A Voter may deliver their own Absentee Ballot Application or their own Absentee Ballot to the Election Board office in person.
If a guardian or relative within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity signs an Application or delivers an Absentee Ballot on behalf of a Voter, he/she must do so in person at the Election Board office and indicate his/her relationship to the Voter.
A "relative within the 2nd degree by consanguinity or affinity" includes the following relationship to the Voter:
Permanently Disabled Voters
A voter with a permanent disability may request to be placed on a list of voters in City of St. Louis with permanent disabilities. Upon receipt of such a request, the voter will thereafter automatically receive from the Election Board an absentee ballot application prior to each election in which the voter is eligible to vote.
Please contact the Absentee Department by phone if you would like more information regarding this service. 314-622-3230 or 314-622-3319
Board of Election Commissioners
300 N. Tucker Blvd
St. Louis, Mo 63101
Monday - Friday 8 AM – 5 PM On Election Day Polls Open at 6 AM and Close at 7 PM
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