You may vote an absentee ballot by mail or in person at the St. Charles County Election Authority starting six weeks before election day if one of the following applies:
- Absent on election day from the jurisdiction in which you are registered
- Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability
- Religious belief or practice
- Employment as an election judge
- Active military or overseas civilian and any immediate family living with you
- Incarceration, if necessary qualifications have been retained
- Certified participation in the address confidentiality program
Vote an Absentee Ballot in Person
You may vote an absentee ballot in person at the Election Authority's office. Voting begins six weeks before an election and continues until 5 p.m. the day before the election.
Absentee Ballot for a Family Member
A family member within the second degree may apply at the Election Authority's office in person for the ballot to be mailed to the family member.
Applying for an Absentee Ballot by Mail
You will need to request a ballot in writing, and you must reapply for a new ballot before each election. If you have registered to vote by mail, proof of identification is required before an absentee ballot may be mailed to you. After you receive your ballot, insert the voted ballot inside the provided return envelope, and a notary must witness your signature on the affidavit on the outside of the envelope. Notary officials may perform this service free of charge for absentee voters.
Individuals with a disability have several options for voting:
- Curbside voting assistance is available at all of our polling locations on election day.
- Vote on a touch-screen unit (aka OVI) at your polling location (in federal elections) or at the St. Charles County Election Public Service Center (in all elections).
- Request to have your name placed on a permanently disabled voter's list as set out below. After being placed on this list, you will automatically receive a Permanently Disabled Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) before every election that you are eligible to vote in. You must complete this application and return it to our office, and then you will be sent an absentee ballot. Then you must vote the ballot, place it inside the return envelope, complete the envelope by signing your name and then mail it back to us. You are exempt from needing your signature notarized.
- You will continue to receive a permanently disabled absentee ballot application before each subsequent election until you request to have your name removed from this list. Remember, you must complete the application and return it to us each time in order to receive your ballot.
Caregiver of a permanently disabled voter:
- If you are a caregiver of a permanently disabled voter, you may download, complete and return an Application for Absentee Ballot form (PDF). You must reapply for a new ballot before each election. Caregivers are exempt from needing their signature notarized.
Military & Overseas Civilian
You may request an absentee ballot from the commanding officer or by contacting the Election Authority. To vote on all ballot issues, you must be a registered voter or provide proof of identification. You may download, complete and return the Federal Post Card Application Form (PDF). This form may also be used for an overseas civilian of the U.S. who claims an address within St. Charles County, Missouri.
Please also visit the Secretary of State of Missouri's website to learn more about military and overseas voting.
The affidavit envelope does not have to be notarized for anyone requesting an absentee ballot because of sickness or disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability, or a resident of the State of Missouri or immediate family living with them who resides outside the boundaries of the United States or who is in active duty with the armed forces of the United States.
If you are hospitalized, within our county, after 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to an election, you may call the Election Authority's office to request an absentee ballot. A bipartisan team of election judges will be sent to your hospital room to allow you to vote.
Written requests for absentee ballot must be received in the Election Authority's office no later than 5 p.m. the second Wednesday before any election. You may download, complete and return the Application for Absentee Ballot form (PDF) for St. Charles County, Missouri or your request must contain the following information:
- Your full name
- Address where you live
- Address where you would like the ballot to be mailed (if different)
- Reason for voting absentee
- The date of the election
- Your political party preference, if you are applying for an August Primary Ballot
- Your signature
Specific Ballot Rules
If you are voting absentee, your ballot must be returned to the Election Authority office no later than 7 p.m. the day of the election. The Election Authority will only accept absentee ballots that are delivered via mail, registered carrier, or personally returned by the voter or a family member within the second degree.
For additional information on absentee voting, please contact the Election Authority's office.