How to Request an Absentee Ballot for St. Louis’ April 6 General Municipal Election

  • Danny Wicentowski

  • Postal voting has changed a bit since November.

If the results of the primary elections got you to vote in the St. Louis local general election this April, but you are avoiding public places due to the pandemic, there is still one way that is extremely COVID-19 safe.

St. Louis found a way for people to cast their vote without showing up on election day before the November presidential election, and most of that system still exists today.

Rather than appearing at their polling station on April 6, city voters can vote in advance if they meet certain criteria.

However, one thing has changed. Already in November, voters who were in a “risk category for the award of contracts or transmission” of COVID-19 could apply for a postal vote. While COVID-19 is still a major issue, the city is no longer letting people choose “at risk” as the reason they want to vote absent.

These are the only acceptable criteria:

  • Absence on election day
  • Inability to work or childbirth due to illness or disability
  • Religious Belief or Practice
  • Employment as electoral authority (does not apply to campaign workers)
  • Be incarcerated (provided all voting rights are retained)
  • Certified participant in the address confidentiality program set up in accordance with RS MO Sections 589.660 – 589.681

Just like in November, some absent-minded people still need to have their ballot notarized before they can cast it.

You can vote in absentia with a notary if:

  • Religious Belief or Practice
  • Detention if still eligible to vote
  • Certified participation in an address confidentiality program established in accordance with RS MO Sections 589.660 – 589.681 [revisor.mo.gov]
  • Absence from your electoral jurisdiction on election day

You can vote absent without a notary if:

  • disability
  • Be part of the active military
  • To be in a foreign country
  • Incapacity or childbirth due to illness

To receive a postal voting slip, you must download and complete a Missouri Postal Voting Form Application, and then mail it, fax, or e-mail it back to the Election Commissioners.

You can also contact the election commissioners to answer questions about this process. Please see below for information on how to contact them.

Election commissioners
300 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-622-4336
Fax: 314-622-3378
Email: [email protected]
Website: stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/board-election-commissioners/

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