Absentee Voting

Dates to Remember

*Will Be Updated As Election Nears

1.  Who is Eligible to Vote Absentee?

 Any 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 disablity
  • Religious Belief
  • Employment as an election authority
  • Incarceration provided all qualifications for voting are retained.

 2.  How do I get an Absentee Ballot?

There are two ways to vote an absentee ballot for every election; either in person or by mail. The rules and important information are included below.

By Mail:

You must submit an application for an Absentee Ballot to be issued to you by mail. You can download an application here.

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, simply 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, and the address to which the ballot is to be mailed (if mailing is requested). It must also include a signature. In addition, 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.

3.  Does My Ballot Have to Be Notarized?!

If you are voting absentee for any reason that doesn’t include 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.

4.  Permanently Disabled Voters.

In an effort to make voting more accessible, 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