Election news: absentee ballots available, poll workers needed
St. Louis County on Sept. 25 began accepting absentee ballots for voting for the Nov. 6 presidential election. Ballots may be cast in person from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Election Board office, 12 Sunnen Drive in Maplewood.
Absentee voting also will be available on the four Saturdays preceding the election beginning Oct. 13 from 9 a.m-1 p.m. The last day for voting an absentee ballot in person is Monday, Nov. 5.
Only individuals who will be prevented from going to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons may vote by absentee ballot:
• voters who will be absent from St. Louis County on election day
• incapacity or confinement due to sickness or disability, including caring for a person who is incapacited or confined due to sickness or disability
• religious belief or practice
• employment by the Election Board
• imprisonment, provided all other qualifications for voting are retained
Absentee ballots may also be cast by mail. Instructions for requesting an absentee ballot can be found online at stlouisco.com/yourgovernment/elections/absenteevoting or voters may call (314) 615-1800. Letters containing the following printed information may also be mailed to the Election Board to obtain a ballot:
• your name, including Jr., Sr., II, etc.
• your birthdate and last four digits of your Social Security number
• your St. Louis County residence address
• the address where the ballot is to be mailed
• your reason for voting absentee
• the date of the election for which you are applying
• signature of person requesting a ballot
It is important to note that ballots cast by mail require signature verification by a notary, prior to being returned to the Election Board. Individuals who are incapacitated or someone who is overseas does not need to have their ballots notarized.
Absentee ballot requests are limited by election; however, individuals who are disabled can be added to a disabled mailing list and automatically receive an absentee ballot application for each election.
Poll workers needed
The Election Board continues to be in need of poll workers to staff the general election. Workers must declare one of the two major political parties and be a registered voter in Missouri.
This is a paid position, with pay ranging from $100-$130, and includes a required paid training class as well as working from 5 a.m. until after the polls close at 7 p.m. on election day.
Interested applicants can apply online at stlouisco.com/YourGovernment/Elections/poll workers or by calling (314) 615-1865.