Who can vote by mail

You can apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail if you’re:

  • Not in your county on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Ill or have a physical disability that prevents a trip to your voting location
  • Responsible for the care of someone ill or physically disabled

1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot request form, contact your county election authority to request a form by mail, or visit your county election authority to apply in person


Get the form

2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Print your name

Step 2 · Enter the election date. The 2016 general election is Nov 8.

Step 3 · Enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security number if you have one

3. Submit the application

Your completed form must be received by your county election authority by 5 PM on Nov 2 to vote.

Your form may be submitted to your county election authority in person, by mail, by fax, or in person by a close relative.

4. Vote

  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill it out
  • Have the envelope notarized (unless you’re sick, disabled, or a caretaker for someone who is sick or disabled) (free of charge)
  • Your signed and completed ballot must be received at the address indicated on the ballot by 7 PM on Nov 8. You can deliver the ballot in person, by mail, or in person by a close relative.
  • Check the status of your ballot through your county on sos.mo.gov

ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in Missouri, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail

If you registered by mail and this will be your first time voting and you did not include a form of ID when you registered, include a copy of one of the following forms of ID with your ballot request form:

  • Photo ID issued by the federal government, Missouri, another state, or an institution of higher education in Missouri
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check
  • Any government document that shows your name and address