Missouri Absentee Ballot Guide

Missouri Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated August 21, 2014
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration: Postmarked by the 4th Wednesday before Election Day
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the election
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by 7:00 PM on election day if sent by mail, or received by 5:00 PM on the day prior to the election if delivered in person

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool.  Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.  

You can also fill out the Missouri Voter Registration Form online at the Secretary of State website.  Print and sign your completed form and mail it to the address provided.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to double check your registration before applying for your absentee ballot. Verify your voter registration today and avoid problems down the line. If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot

You can vote by absentee ballot if you: 

  • Will be absent from your voting jurisdiction on election day
  • Are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, or caring for an incapacitated person
  • Are restricted by religious belief or practice
  • Are employed by an election authority
  • Are incarcerated but have retained all your voting qualifications

Apply for your absentee ballot

Download and complete the Missouri Absentee Ballot Application.  If you want the ballot mailed to you, be sure to include your mailing address in the space provided.  If you're away at college, temporarily outside the county, or physically disabled, a parent or child can use the same form to request the ballot for you. You may also vote absentee at your local election authority's office until 5:00pm the day before the election.

Mail, fax, or hand-deliver your completed application to your County Clerk.  Once they process it, they'll mail your ballot to you.  Do not send absentee ballot applications to the Secretary of State's office

Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot

Fill out your ballot, sign where indicated, and have your ballot signed by a witness or notary.  Mail your completed ballot back to your County Clerk.  Be sure to meet the deadline or your ballot won't be counted!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to provide ID when I apply for my absentee ballot?

You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in Missouri at least once.  If you are a first time voter and you did not submit a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, then you must submit ID with your absentee ballot application.  Acceptable forms of ID include: Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state;  Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof; Driver’s license or state identification card issued by another state; or other identification approved by federal law; Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter.

Can I vote in person before the election?

Yes. See our ealrly voting page for more details.

Additional Information

State Election Website: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/
Email: elections@sos.mo.gov
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  He or she will be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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