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Absentee voting starts; libraries offer sites starting Oct. 12

ST. LOUIS – Absentee voting in the city of St. Louis started Tuesday at the Board of Election Commissioners’ office at 300 N. Tucker Blvd.

The office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday-Friday until Nov. 2, the day before the Nov. 3 election. In addition to those days, the office will be open on two Saturdays – Oct. 24 and 31 – from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The last day that a voter can request an absentee ballot by mail is Wednesday, Oct. 21. Absentee voters have to give a reason why they can’t vote at the polls; reasons include being in a high-risk category in the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic as well as plans to be out of town on Election Day or being an election worker. The full qualification requirements are outlined at RSMO Sec. 115.277.1 [revisor.mo.gov]

Many voters use touch screens, but for those who prefer to cast a paper ballot to vote absentee, the Board of Election Commissioners’ office offers that option.

In addition to the BEC office, four branches of the St. Louis Public Library will offer absentee voting, again starting Oct. 12 and running through Nov. 2. The branches are:

  • Buder Library – 4401 Hampton Avenue
  • Central Library – 1301 Olive Street
  • Julia Davis Library – 4415 Natural Bridge Avenue
  • Schlafly Library – 225 N. Euclid Avenue

At those sites, absentee voting will be available 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, as well as from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

A sample ballot can be found at

The election commissioners suggest that voters print a copy of the sample ballot that can be found at the BEC’s website at www.stlelections.com  They suggest that voters print a copy of the sample, mark it with their choices and bring it along when they go to cast their ballot.


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