COVID-19 info

  • For all 2020 elections, any registered Missouri voter can apply for a mail-in ballot and vote by mail. Note: Generally Missouri mail-in ballot voters will be required to submit a notarized statement with their ballot; however in limited instances, including for voters who have contracted or are at-risk of contracting COVID-19 because of specific health concerns, a voter may cast a mail-in ballot without notarization.
  • For mail-in ballot applications where the individual is a new resident, intrastate new resident, or interstate former resident, the application must be signed in the presence of a notary
  • More details are available on the Missouri Secretary of State website
  • COVID-19 Outbreak, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Missouri absentee ballot deadlines

  • In Person: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 13 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A
  • Voted ballots are due: Received Election Day.

Missouri absentee ballot rules

You can vote by absentee ballot in Missouri if:
  • you will be absent from your voting jurisdiction on Election Day
  • you are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, or primarily responsible for caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability
  • you are restricted by religious belief or practice
  • you are employed as or by an Election Day authority at a location other than your polling place
  • you are incarcerated, but have retained all your voting qualifications
  • you are a program participant in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program

Missouri absentee ballot directions

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. Your Local Election Official will also let you fax or email the application.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Once you receive your ballot...

  • Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  • Sign and date where indicated.
  • Have a notary sign where indicated.
  • Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
  • Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.