Vote By Absentee Ballot

Information on Voting by absentee ballot, Vote notarization, submitting applications by mail, email, fax, and in person.


The City of St. Louis allows for registered voters to vote an absentee ballot. If a voter expects to be unable to visit their regular polling place on election day for any of the following reasons listed below.


  1. Allowable absentee ballot reasons:

    • Absence on Election Day
    • Incapacity or confinement due to illness or disability
    • Religious belief or practice
    • Employment as an election authority (does not apply to campaign workers)
    • Being Incarcerated (provided all qualifications for voting are retained)  
    • Certified participant in the address confidentiality program established under RS MO Sections 589.660 - 589.681
  2. Download and complete the Application to request an absentee ballot to vote in the City of St. Louis, State of Missouri
  3. Determine if your signature needs 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.

If unable to obtain and application read additional information section on this page.


Submit your application for an Absentee Ballot:

By Mail

You must submit an application for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. 

Mail the completed application to:

Board of Election Commissioners
300 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101
Fax: 314-622-3378


During Business hours go to:

Board of Election Commissioners
300 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM – 5:00PM

By a Guardian or Relative

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.

Read the requirements for Submitting Gurdian or relative application

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: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday

You must bring an acceptable Voter ID card with you and cast your ballot in our office during this time period.


No Fees.

What to Expect

If voting absentee by mail, a ballot will be mailed to you.

After mailing in your ballot, you will not recieve confirmation of your vote, unless the mail is certified to notice to mailer after mail has been recieved.

Additional Information

If Unable to Obtain an Application

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.

Mail the letter to:

Board of Election Commissioners
300 No. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101

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:

  • Spouse
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild
  • Brother
  • Sister
  • Mother-in-law
  • Father-in-law
  • Daughter-in-law
  • Son-in-law

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

(314) 622-4336

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

Contact the Board of Election Commissioners

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