Absentee voting opens this week for November election

To accommodate heavy absentee voting for the Nov. 8 presidential election, the county Board of Elections opened a temporary office in Maplewood today for absentee voting.

Voting will be open through Nov. 7 at the rented facility at 3232 Laclede Station Road in the Deer Creek Plaza shopping center.

Board of Elections Director Eric Fey said he expects 30,000 to 40,000 county residents to cast absentee ballots in the November election, which also features the race between Democrat Chris Koster and Republican Eric Greitens for governor.

The election board office, at 12 Sunnen Drive in Maplewood, is not large enough to handle regular election board duties in addition to a large number of absentee

voters, Fey told the Call at the election board meeting Tuesday.

“For presidential elections, the county always opens a separate facility with enough space to accommodate the extra volume,” Fey said in a news release.

About a dozen election board employees will staff the absentee voting facility, Fey said.

Voters may cast absentee ballots at the Deer Creek Plaza site from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Nov. 7. The office will also accept the ballots from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the four Saturdays immediately preceding the Nov. 8 election – Oct. 15, 22 and 29 and Nov. 5.

For more information, call the election board at (314) 615-1800.