Vote By Absentee Ballot

Find absentee voting eligibility requirements and application process.

Call (314) 622-3230

Overview

Not all voters are eligible for the absentee voting option. Registered voter must meet certain eligibility requirements.

It is required that a registered voter submit an application prior to each election before a ballot can be issued.

Review the requirements and, if eligible, follow the process to apply for an absentee ballot.

Preparation

Confirm you are eligible to vote absentee AND determine if your signature needs to be notarized.

Absentee Voting Eligibility Criteria

Voters who expects to be unable to visit their regular polling place on election day for any of the following reasons, are eligible to apply for absentee ballot:

  • 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

Notarization Requirements

Without a Notary

You’re eligible to vote absentee without a notary if due to:

  • Disability
  • Being part of the active military
  • Being in a foreign country
  • Incapacity or confinement due to illness

With a Notary

You’re eligible to vote absentee with a notary if due to:

  • Religious belief or practice
  • Incarceration, if still eligible to vote
  • Certified participation in an address confidentiality program established under RS MO Sections 589.660 - 589.681
  • Absence on election day from your election jurisdiction

Instructions

Step 1: Apply for an Absentee Ballot

  1. Download and complete the Request For a Missouri Absentee Ballot to vote in the City of St. Louis, State of Missouri.
  2. Absentee ballots may be requested in person up until the day before Election Day.
  3. Return your absentee ballot request to the Board of Elections in person, by mail, fax, or email: 

    Board of Election Commissioners
    300 N. Tucker Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63101
    Fax: 314-622-3378
    Email: stlcityabsentee@stlouis-mo.gov

  4. On receipt of your absentee ballot request, the Board of Election Commissioners will mail you or give you the ballot along with detailed instructions. (Mailed requests for absentee ballots must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday before an election.)

Step 2: Vote by Absentee Ballot

Voters deemed eligible to vote absentee, will receive a ballot.

  1. Complete the absentee ballot

    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. 
  2. Submit your Absentee Ballot using one of the following methods:

By Mail

Mail the completed application to:

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

In Person

Absentee voting at the Election Board begins 6 weeks before each election at 8:00 A.M. and ends at 5:00 P.M. on the Monday before each election. 

Bring an acceptable form of identification with you to cast your ballot at: 

Board of Election Commissioners
300 N Tucker Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63101

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday 

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 Guardian or relative application

You must bring an acceptable form of identification with you and cast your ballot in our office during this time period.

Step 3: Track Your St. Louis City Absentee Ballot

  1. Go to Ballot Tracker website
  2. Enter your ballot track id
  3. Click the "Start" button

Call (314) 622-3230

Fees

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 receive confirmation of your vote, unless the mail is certified to notice to mailer after mail has been received.

Ability to track your absentee ballot online

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

In-Person Transaction

A voter may deliver their own Absentee Ballot Application or their own Absentee Ballot to the Election Board office in person.

Second Degree of Consanguinity or Affinity

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.

Permanently Disabled Voter Application

314-622-3230 or 314-622-3319

Contact

Board of Election Commissioners

electionboard@stlouis-mo.gov

(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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