St. Louis County Board of Elections

Absentee Voting

Registered Missourians who expect to be prevented from going to their polling place on Election Day may vote absentee beginning six weeks prior to an election. Absentee voting is distinct from mail-in voting.

Please use this page to learn about eligibility and process for requesting and completing an absentee ballot. You can apply by email, fax, mail, or in-person. Submitting your ballot may require the use of a notary. You can return absentee ballots in-person, by mail, or by a close relative.

The deadline for absentee voting in-person is 5PM the day before Election Day. Ballots returned by mail must be received by 7PM on Election Day.

In-Person Locations and Hours:  Read More

St. Louis County Library, Mid-County Branch
7821 Maryland Ave
Clayton, Missouri 63105

North County Recreation Complex
2577 Redman Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63136

South County Government Center Keller Plaza
4544 Lemay Ferry Rd
St. Louis, Missouri 63129

West County Government Center
82 Clarkson Wilson Centre
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017

Board of Elections
725 Northwest Plaza
St. Ann, Missouri 63074

Monday – Friday, October 22nd – November 1st, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 24th and October 31st, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
November 2nd, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

You must be a registered voter to request an absentee ballot.

Am I eligible?

The state of Missouri allows for absentee voting if you are:

  • Absent from St. Louis County on Election Day;
  • Incapacitated or confined due to sickness or disability, including caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to sickness or disability;
  • Restricted by religious belief or practice;
  • Employed as an election authority;
  • Incarcerated, 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;
  • A participant in the Missouri Safe at Home program (under sections 589.660 to 589.681.
  • (2020 only) Has contracted coronavirus or is at-risk due to any of the following:  * Is age 65 or older   * Lives in a long term care facility   * Has chronic lung disease/asthma   * Has a serious heart condition   * Is immunocompromised   * Has diabetes   * Has chronic kidney disease and are undergoing dialysis   * Has liver disease

How do I apply?

You can apply by email, by mail, by fax, or in-person.

Absentee voting begins SIX WEEKS prior to each election.  A qualified 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 by email, mail, in-person, or fax. The relationship to the family member must be specified on the application.

Click here to request an Absentee Ballot.

Click here to view a chart illustrating relationship degrees.

*First time St. Louis County voters – Please provide a copy of an acceptable form of identification with your application.

*Please lighten the copy of your ID when faxing (a legible photo will improve application process).

Apply Online

Complete the Absentee Ballot Request Application and e-mail to:

*First time St Louis County voters – please provide a copy of an acceptable form of identification with your application.

Apply by Mail

You can request the absentee ballot by mail by completing, printing & mailing the application to:

St. Louis County Board of Elections
ATTN: Absentee 
725 Northwest Plaza Dr.
St. Ann, MO 63074

*First time St Louis County voters – please provide a copy of an acceptable form of identification with your application.

Apply in Person

In-person voting begins​ SIX WEEKS prior to each election at:

St. Louis County Board of Elections
725 Northwest Plaza Dr. 
St. Ann, MO 63074 

Office Hours:   
Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
One Saturday before each election from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The deadline to vote absentee in-person is 5:00 p.m. the Monday before each Election Day.

*Please bring an acceptable form of identification with you when voting in person.

Apply by Fax

Complete the Absentee Ballot Request Application print, sign and fax to:

St. Louis County Board of Elections
ATTN: Absentee

Fax  314-615-1999

*First time St Louis County voters – please provide a copy of an acceptable form of identification with your application.

Apply by Written Request

If you are unable to obtain a copy of the ballot application, you may submit a written request.  The written request 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
10. Provide a copy of an acceptable form of identification with your written request

A written request may be sent to our office by email, fax, mail or drop off at our office:


Fax:  314-615-1998

Mail or Drop off:

St. Louis County Board of Elections
ATTN: Absentee
725 Northwest Plaza Dr.
St. Ann, MO 63074

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*First time St Louis County voters – please provide a copy of an acceptable form of identification with your application.

Permanently Disabled

Voters who are permanently disabled may apply to be on our Permanently Disabled Voter list. Once placed on the permanently disabled list, a voter will automatically receive an absentee ballot application for each election held within their voting jurisdiction.

Click here for the Permanently Disabled Application and follow the “How to Apply for A Ballot” section to return your form.

Safe At Home

This Address Confidentiality Program has been established by the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office to provide a substitute address for survivors of domestic violence, assault, stalking, etc.

For more information about the program, call 1-866-509-1409 or visit

About the Program

The Safe at Home address confidentiality program helps protect victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, or other crimes who fear for their safety, as well as the safety of individuals residing in the same household as the victim, by authorizing the use of a designated address for such victims, their minor children, and individuals residing with them.  In addition, the program allows participants to use the designated address on new records created by government agencies and the courts. Examples of new records include:

·         Driver’s license, non-driver’s license and vehicle registration

·         Voter registration

·         Public school records

·         Social services records for food stamps, cash assistance, child support, WIC, etc.

·         Public library cards

·         City or county records 

·         Law enforcement and court records

Government agencies and the courts must accept the substitute address of a participant in place of a home, work, school, or mailing address. Participants may have their first-class mail, legal mail and certified mail sent to the substitute address, and then the Secretary of State’s office will forward the mail to the participant’s confidential mailing address at no cost to the participant.

Who Can Apply

·         Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, rape, or other crimes

·         Victims of crime who have recently relocated or are planning to relocate because they fear future harm

·         Individuals who understand that Safe at Home is one piece of a comprehensive safety plan

·         Residents of Missouri

·         Eligibility Requirements – Missouri Secretary of State

How to Apply

Potential participants must meet in person with a registered Application Assistant to apply for the Safe at Home program. Application Assistants are located throughout Missouri in agencies and nonprofit programs that provide counseling, referral, shelter or other specialized services to victims of crime. Please call Safe at Home or access the Find an Application Assistant section of this website.

Application Assistants will:

·         Explain program services and participant responsibilities;

·         Work with victims to integrate the Safe at Home program into their overall safety plan;

·         Provide application forms and assist potential participants with the completion;

·         Provide the applicant the opportunity to register to vote through the Safe at Home program;

·         Forward the completed application to the Safe at Home office; and

·         Assist the applicant without discrimination pursuant to Missouri law.

Nursing Home/Community

Nursing Community Voting begins FOUR WEEKS before each election for a two-week span.  Nursing Community Voting is conducted by a team of nursing home deputies per the request from the activity director of the nursing home.

If you wish to vote at your nursing home, please contact your activity director.

* Must have at least 10 applicants

If you are an Activity Director, please contact the Nursing Homes Division:

Contact Us

Learn more about absentee voting at the Missouri State website: Absentee Voting.

If you have additional questions about absentee voting, please use the following contact information:

Phone: 314-615-1833
Fax: 314-615-1998
   General Absentee:
   Nursing Homes Division:
   Military & Overseas Division: