Click here to learn more about absentee voting in St. Louis County.
Only those who will be prevented from going to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons may vote by absentee ballot:● Absent from St. Louis County on Election Day
● Incapacity or confinement due to sickness or disability, including caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to sickness or disability
● Religious belief or practice
● Employment as an election authority
● Incarceration, although all necessary qualifications for voting have been retained
● A member of the U.S. armed forces in active service, or dependent, or spouse
● A civilian employee of the U.S. government working outside the United States
● A registered voter in the state of Missouri, and has moved to St. Louis County after the 4th Wednesday prior to an election
● A former resident of Missouri and is authorized to vote for federal offices by federal law
● Certified participation in the address confidentiality program established under sections 589.660 to 589.681 because of safety concerns
Applying for a Ballot:
In accordance with RSMo 115.279, a voter may apply for an absentee ballot in person, by mail, or by facsimile.
In Person: A registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot in person or for a relative within the first or second degree of consanguinity or affinity at the office of the Saint Louis County Board of Election Commissioners. The relationship to the family member must be specified on the application. Click here to view a chart illustrating relationship degrees.
By Mail: If you would like to vote absentee through the mail, we will need a written request. You must reapply for a ballot for each election. Click this link to download an application.
A registered voter may apply for their own absentee ballot or an absentee ballot for a family member within the first or second degree of consanguinity or affinity. The relationship to the family member must be specified on the application. Click here to view a chart illustrating relationship degrees.
If you are unable to obtain a copy of the ballot application, you may also mail/fax a written request to our office. The letter should contain the following information:
1. Name of voter requesting an absentee ballot
2. Birthdate and last 4 digits of social security number
3. St. Louis County residence address
4. Address where ballot is to be mailed (if different from residential address
5. Reason for voting absentee
6. Election for you which are requesting an absentee ballot
7. Political party preference (this applies to primary elections only)
8. Signature of the voter
9. Signature of person applying for a ballot and their relationship to the voter
*Anyone registering by mail may vote absentee the first time only after enclosing a copy of an approved form of identification with his or her absentee ballot request.Click here to view acceptable forms of identification.
A registered voter may apply for their absentee ballot or an absentee ballot for a family member within the first or second degree of consanguinity or affinity by fax to 314-615-1998. The relationship to the family member must be specified on the application. Click here to view a chart illustrating relationship degrees.
Absentee ballot requests must be mailed or faxed to the Election Board no later than 5 p.m. the Wednesday before the election.
Absentee ballot applications may be returned by mail or fax to:
St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners
Attention: Absentee Department
725 Northwest Plaza Drive
St. Ann, MO 63074
If you are voting absentee by mail, your notarized affidavit envelope, with your voted ballot inside, must be returned to the Election Board no later than 7:00 p.m. the day of the election. The ballot may be returned by the voter in person, through the mail, or by registered carrier or a registered voter's relative in the 1st or 2nd degree. Click here to view a chart illustrating relationship degrees
In Person Voting
In person voting begins six weeks prior to each election and is available at the Election Board’s Office during our regular business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please be sure to bring with you an acceptable form of identification.
In person voting is also available the Saturday before each election from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The deadline to vote absentee in-person is 5:00 p.m. the Monday before each Election Day.
Voters who are permanently disabled may apply to be on our permanently disabled voter list. Once placed on the permanent absentee list, a voter will automatically be mailed an absentee ballot application for each election held within their voting jurisdiction. Download a copy of the permanently disabled form here.
For additional absentee voting information, please call (314) 615-1933 or (314) 615-1836.