Absentee Voting


The state of Missouri allows for absentee voting if you:

  • Will be absent from your voting jurisdiction on Election Day
  • Are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, or caring for an incapacitated person*
  • Are restricted by religious belief or practice
  • Are employed by an election authority
  • Are incarcerated, but have retained all your voting qualification
  • Are a participant in the Missouri SAFE at home program


If you are qualified as stated above, the next step is to decide if you want to vote by mail or in person.


Absentee Voting In Person

In-person voting begins six weeks prior to each election and is available at the Election Board absentee office (Suite 2800- level B) at Union Station from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Election Board is also open the Saturday before each election from 8:00 to noon.  Please bring identification with you when voting in person. The deadline to vote absentee in-person is 5:00 p.m. the Monday before each Election Day. 


Absentee Voting by Mail

If you wish to vote by mail, you may request your application for a ballot up to 10 weeks in advance of the election but no later than the second Wednesday prior to the election. 


Please note that all ballots must be notarized (except those submitted by an incapacitated or confined voter*), signed and received by the Election Board no later than 7 p.m. on election dayBallots received after the deadline will not be counted.


Voters may call 816-842-4820 ext. 227 to request an absentee ballot application, write a letter, or download the application from this site. Absentee ballot applications will be available prior to each election. 



The June 2, postponed from April 7, 2020 Absentee Ballot Application deadline has passed (May 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.). Please check back later for the August 4, 2020 Absentee Ballot Application when available.


Absentee ballot applications may be returned by mail or fax to:


Kansas City Election Board

Attn: Absentee Department

30 W. Pershing Rd., Suite 2800

Kansas City, MO 64108


816-221-3348 (Fax)


Once an application is received, a ballot will be mailed to the voter within three business days.


*Permanently Disabled

A person who is confined at home, or at a nursing or rehabilitative facility may request to be placed on the permanently disabled list. These voters will automatically receive an absentee application for every election in their jurisdiction. Also, they will not be required to have their absentee ballots notarized. Click here to download this form.        


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