St. Louis County opening satellite voting centers next week

The South County Government Center will not be a satellite voting location this year

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Photo by Erin Achenbach

Voters line up outside Cliff Cave Library in Oakville Tuesday, Aug. 5, to vote in the primary election.

The St. Louis County Board of Elections will open several satellite voting centers for voters to cast their absentee ballots beginning July 21.

The board is operating seven satellite voting centers across the county, up from five during previous elections. Qualified voters can cast their absentee ballots at any of the locations ahead of the Aug. 2 primary. The site at the Board of Election’s headquarters, 725 Northwest Plaza Drive, is already open and the other six will begin operating next Thursday.

In a change from previous years, St. Louis County will not use the South County Government Center as an absentee voting location. Instead, South County voters can cast their absentee ballots at St. Johns United Church of Christ, 11333 St. Johns Church Road.

Other satellite voting centers are located at:

  • North County Rec Plex, 2577 Redman Road
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis Millennium Student Center, 17 Arnold Grobman Drive
  • The Mid-County Branch of the St. Louis County Library, 7821 Maryland Ave.
  • St. Louis Community College-Meramec Student Center, 11333 Big Bend Road
  • The Daniel Boone Branch of the St. Louis County Library,  300 Clarkson Road

The satellite sites will operate from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until July 29. In addition, extended hours will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23 and July 30, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1.

One of the following reasons must be met to cast an absentee ballot in Missouri:

  • Absent from St. Louis County on Election Day
  • Incapacitated or confined due to sickness or disability, including caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to sickness or disability
  • Restricted by religious belief or practice
  • Employed by an election authority
  • Incarcerated, although all necessary qualifications for voting have been retained
  • A participant in the Missouri Safe at Home program

Residents may also vote absentee by mail. The application to request a mailed absentee ballot is available at stlouiscountymovotes.gov under “Absentee Ballot Application.” The deadline for requesting a mailed ballot is July 20 by 5 p.m. Completed absentee ballots must be mailed back to the Board of Elections no later than seven to 10 days prior to Election Day Aug. 2.

“Having a satellite site available in each County Council district will provide easier access to vote absentee in the August election prior to Election Day for those who are eligible,” stated Rick Stream, the St. Louis County Board of Elections Republican director in a press release.

In addition to the expansion of satellite sites, additional notaries will also be available for anyone who needs their absentee ballot envelope notarized. Each satellite site will have a notary on staff, and a notary is also available at all 21 branches of the St. Louis County Library. For more information, visit slcl.org/using-the-library/notary-servicesIndividuals who are voting absentee because of a disability or because they are caring for someone with a disability do not have to notarize their absentee ballot.

For more information, visit stlouiscountymovotes.gov or call 314-615-8683.