30 Aug In-Person Voting in Missouri
Early Voting in Missouri – Absentee In-Person Voting
Early voting in Missouri is an important topic right now in light of the upcoming election and COVID-19 problems. There are a few early voting options for Missouri but the best option appears to be absentee in-person voting. Essentially, this allows a person who will not be able to show up in-person on election day to cast their ballot early. Absentee in-person voting also dispenses with the fear of the United States Postal Service being unable to deliver the ballot on time or for a person to have issues with their vote not getting counted. In order to vote absentee in-person, a person must show up to their designated location and tell them the person will not be in the county on election day, which will allow the person to vote in person.
One location in St. Louis County is at the St. Louis County Board of Elections, located in St. Ann. Early voting begins six (6) weeks before election day, with hours M-F of 8-4:30 and Saturdays 9-1. The deadline is 5 p.m. the Monday before each election (November 3 this year). You must bring an acceptable form of identification with you when voting in person. For the City of St. Louis, check here and for St.Charles, click here for additional information.
Of note, if attempting absentee in-person voting, I recommend selecting you will be out of the county on election day. You can technically put down COVID-19 as the reason but you have to be considered at-risk for contracting or transmitting COVID-19. Voters who are considered at-risk for contracting or transmitting COVID-19 are those who:
- Are 65 years of age or older;
- Live in a long-term care facility licensed under Chapter 198, RSMo.;
- Have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;
- Have serious heart conditions;
- Are immunocompromised;
- Have diabetes;
- Have chronic kidney disease and are undergoing dialysis; or
- Have liver disease.
If you do not fall into this group, simply being out of your voting county on election day is sufficient. If you still need to register to vote, click here for our prior post.
Thank you for reading,
Tarun B. Rana, Esq.
Rana Law Group
655 Craig Road, Suite 252
St. Louis, MO 63141