Absentee Voting Requirements

Conditions under which it is possible to vote absentee in St. Louis City elections

Overview

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

A registered voter must submit an application to vote absentee prior to each election before an absentee ballot can be issued.

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

Absentee Voting Eligibility Criteria

Voters who expect 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
  • Actively deployed military or temporarily living overseas (more information)
  • Religious belief or practice
  • Employment as an election authority (does not apply to campaign workers)
  • Being incarcerated (provided you are there awaiting trial, not serving a sentence for a conviction)
  • 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

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 relationships to the voter:

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

When you sign an absentee ballot application or drop off a completed ballot for a relative, you will have to fill out a form stating that the relationship exists. You do not have to bring additional materials for proof.

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