Vote By Absentee Ballot

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

Overview

The City of St. Louis allows for registered voters to vote an absentee ballot.

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

Preparation

  1. Confirm you are eligible to vote absentee
  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.

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

Instructions

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

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

In-Person

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.

In-Person Voting during the absentee voting period occurs during business hours at the following location:

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

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

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

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

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 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

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.

314-622-3230 or 314-622-3319

Contact

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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