What is Absentee Voting?
Absentee voting gives you the opportunity to cast your ballot if you expect to be unable to vote at your regular polling place on election day. Registration for absentee voting opens six weeks before election day and closes the Wednesday before the election.
Are You Eligible for Absentee Voting?
One of the following requirements must be met to register absentee:
- Absence on Election Day from the polling place in which you are registered
Ex: Vacation, away at school, business trip, in the Military or working outside of the county
- Inability to vote due to illness or physical disability
Note: Primary caretakers of persons with disabilities are also eligible to register absentee
- Religious practice or belief
- Employment as an election authority, as a member of an election authority or by an election authority at another location
- Incarceration (if voting qualifications are met)
- Participation in the address confidentiality program
How to Request an Absentee Ballot
You can request a ballot by mail, fax or in person at your local election authority. Additionally, a relative within the second degree (spouse, parent or child) may request a ballot, in person, on your behalf.
If you request a ballot by mail and have not voted in person, you must submit a copy of personal identification. The copy may be sent with your ballot request or when you return your absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of identification include:
- Identification issued by the State of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority
- Identification issued by the government or an agency of the United States
- Identification issued by a college, university, a vocational or technical school within the state of Missouri
- A current bank statement, paycheck, government check, utility bill or government document that contains your name and address
- Other identification approved by the secretary of state
Applications for St. Charles County absentee ballots can be found at http://sccmo.org/DocumentCenter/View/5095/Absentee-Ballot-Applicationpdf-1?bidId
How to Submit Your Absentee Vote
When a ballot is requested by mail or fax, you will receive a paper ballot in the mail. To vote, promptly fill out your ballot and return it to local election authority via mail or in person. It is your responsibility to ensure your ballot is cast before regular election day. Late ballots will not be counted.
If you request a ballot in person at your local election authority, you will be able to vote the same day. After filing the request, you will receive a ballot and be able to cast your vote before leaving. You may vote in person until 5:00 pm the day before the election.
Have Any Questions?
If you live in St. Charles County and you’re still unsure if you meet the qualifications or if you have any other questions about absentee ballots or absentee voting, contact the St. Charles County Election Authority.
St. Charles County Election Authority
397 Turner Blvd., St. Peters, Mo 63376
- Missouri Secretary of State: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote
- St. Charles County Election Authority: http://www.sccmo.org/410/Election-Authority
- Ballot Request Form: http://sccmo.org/DocumentCenter/View/5095/Absentee-Ballot-Applicationpdf-1?bidId