What to know about voting absentee in St. Louis mayor election

ST. LOUIS – In a week’s time, voters will decide who will be the next Mayor of St. Louis.

The current mayor, Lyda Krewson, is not seeking re-election. The race is down to two contestants: the St. Louis Treasurer, Tishaura Jones, and the Alderwoman, Cara Spencer.

On Tuesday, the city opened two “off-site” voting venues. Eligible voters unable to cast a ballot on election day can contact the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 4092 Blow Street or Better Family Life at 5415 Page Boulevard.

Both locations are open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also vote by mail at the city’s Election Commissioner’s office at 300 N. Tucker Boulevard. The last day of absence is Monday April 5th.

The city lists the following reasons a person can vote absent:

  • 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 qualifications are retained)
  • Certified participant in the address confidentiality program set up in accordance with RS MO Sections 589.660 – 589.681

Last November there was an unprecedented number of people in the city who were absent due to COVID-19 concerns. However, according to the Board of Election Commissioners website, COVID-19 concerns are not considered a valid reason for absenteeism in the April 6 election:

“Last November, in the general election, an unprecedented number of St. Louisans voted in postal votes, the vast majority of whom were the reason that high-risk voters could sign COVID-19 or submit a postal vote apply for. For example, if the voter was over 65 years of age, the voter was deemed “at risk” and could apply. This “endangered” reason for the absence of votes was created by state lawmakers last May. However, the bill that included it also contained a provision that caused it to expire on December 31, 2020. Therefore, the reason for the risk is no longer a viable reason to apply for a postal vote. Similarly, last November, many voters voted for a postal vote that, unlike postal voting, did not require a reason. However, this “voting by post” option also expired on December 31, 2020. “

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