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Absentee Voting in Missouri - after 2020


By law, Missouri voters may vote absentee - either in person at their local election authority or by mail.   Voters who vote absentee by mail are required to have their ballot envelope notarized before returning it to their local election authority.  Absentee voting is allowed under the following circumstances. 
  • Absence from your voting jurisdiction on Election Day;
  • Incapacitation or confinement due to illness or physical disability, or caring for an incapacitated person;
  • Religious belief or practice;
  • Employment by an election authority;
  • Incarceration if voting qualifications are retained;
  • Participation in the Missouri SAFE at home program.

In-person Absentee Voting


Voters may go to their local election authority and cast their ballot starting six weeks before Election Day.  Bring proof of identification.  You will be asked to provide the reason you are unable to vote on election day.  In-person absentee voting ends at 5pm the day before Election Day. 

If you need information on how to cast an in-person absentee ballot in your local election jurisdiction, click here  to access the Secretary of State's website to get contact information for your local election authority.  

Absentee Voting by Mail 

Voters may request an absentee mail-in ballot.  Upon completing it and having the  return envelope notarized,  voters can return it to their local election authority in person or by mail.  Your mail-in absentee ballot must be received by 7pm on Election Day.  

Permanent Absentee Voting

Missouri voters who have a permanent disability may request an absentee ballot be mailed directly to them for each election.  The completed ballot can be returned by mail and does not need to be notarized.  Requests  for Permanent Absentee Voting should be made to the  local election authority.  Click  here  to get contact information.