For 2020 elections, no-excuse mail-in voting has been extended to all Missouri voters. It is highly recommended that Missouri voters request a mail-in ballot prior to the November election. The process to do so is outlined below.

Request a ballot (due 10/21 at 5 pm CT)

Use this form to request either an absentee or a mail-in ballot. Pre-printed request forms are available by the doors on the east and west Stix House entrances at 6470 Forsyth Blvd. Your ballot request is due to your local Board of Elections by October 21 at 5 pm.

Although this is the deadline, we highly recommend that you submit the form as soon as possible to ensure that you receive your ballot on time and have enough time to fill it out, get it notarized, and return it before November 3.

If you have never voted in-person in Missouri before, you will also need to send a copy of an acceptable voter ID with your ballot request form. If you are voting with an absentee ballot, you can submit the request by mail, email, fax, or in person. If you are voting with a mail-in ballot, you must submit the request by mail or in person.

If you’re registered to vote in St. Louis City:

  • To submit the ballot request form by mail (absentee or mail-in ballot requests):

Board of Election Commissioners
300 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101

  • To submit the ballot request form by email (absentee ballot requests only):

stlcityabsentee@stlouis-mo.gov

If you’re registered to vote in St. Louis County:

  • To submit the ballot request form by mail (absentee or mail-in ballot requests):

St. Louis County Board of Elections
ATTN: Absentee
725 Northwest Plaza Dr.
St. Ann, MO 63074

  • To submit the ballot request form by email (absentee ballot requests only):

BOECAbsentee@stlouisco.com

If you’re unsure if you are registered to vote in St. Louis City or St. Louis County, you can check here by filling in your information and testing both “St. Louis” and “St. Louis City” in the “County” field. Once you know, follow the directions above for your county.

If you are a WashU student who needs postage or envelopes for submitting your ballot request form, visit the South 40, Village, or Lofts mail rooms for free postage and envelopes courtesy of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

Receive your ballot

The Board of Elections will begin to send out ballots on September 22.

Fill out your ballot

Fill out your ballot, but before you sign it, check if you need a notary. Unless you are voting absentee due to confinement due to illness or disability or are at-risk for contracting COVID (as defined in the absentee ballot request form excuses #2 and #7), you will need to get your ballot notarized.

Get your ballot notarized

After filling out your ballot, take your unsigned ballot and a government-issued ID to a notary.

If you are in St. Louis and need a notary, you can reach out to one of the notaries on this list to schedule an appointment. In addition, there will be notary events on the Danforth and Medical campuses throughout October. More information will be on Gephardt Institute social media and newsletters when details are solidified.

For individuals living outside of St. Louis, call local banks, libraries, and post offices to see if they have someone who can notarize your ballot.

Submit your ballot

Ballots are due back to the Board of Elections by 7 pm on November 3. Absentee ballots can be returned by mail or in person. Mail-in ballots must be returned by mail. The USPS recommends that you mail your ballot by October 27 to ensure that it is received by the Board of Elections in time. If you are afraid your ballot will not arrive in time to be counted, you can vote in person on Election Day.

For non-Missouri voters: TurboVote provides assistance for absentee and mail-in voting. Fill out the prompts and then select that you plan to vote by mail. TurboVote will provide you with the correct form for requesting a mail-in or absentee ballot from your state. You can find a list of absentee voting deadlines in every state here. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to washuvotes@wustl.edu.