St. Louis County unveils app with Election Day wait times, opens satellite voting Thursday

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Students at Oakville Elementary participate in ‘Kids Voting’ for the November 2018 election.

The Nov. 3 general election is less than two weeks away, so important dates and deadlines are quickly approaching for voters in St. Louis County.

While the deadline for registering to vote has passed, voters are still able to update their name and address. Updates may be made at www.stlouiscovotes.com or at any polling place on Election Day.

Residents of St. Louis County who wish to vote with a mail-in or absentee ballot must have their applications submitted to the Board of Elections no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Voters can request a mail-in ballot without giving a reason and must request the ballot in person or via mail.

All mail-in ballots require notarization and must be returned via the United States Postal Service.

Voters can request an absentee ballot if they meet one of the seven reasons for voting absentee:

1. Absent from St. Louis County on Election Day;

2. Incapacitated or confined due to sickness or disability, including caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to sickness or disability;

3. Restricted by religious belief or practice;

4. Employed by an election authority;

5. Incarcerated, although all necessary qualifications for voting have been retained;

6. A participant in the Missouri Safe at Home program;

7. Has contracted coronavirus or is at-risk due to any of the following: is age 65 or older, lives in a long-term care facility, has chronic lung disease/asthma, has a serious heart condition, is immunocompromised, has diabetes, has chronic kidney disease and are undergoing dialysis or has liver disease,

Absentee ballots must be requested in person or via mail, email or fax. Notarization is required for all of the reasons except Nos. 2 and 7.

On Thursday, Oct. 22, four satellite sites in the county will open for residents who wish to vote absentee in-person. The sites will operate from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 1. In addition, extended hours will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2. Absentee in-person voting is also available at the Board of Elections following the same schedule as the satellite sites.

South County Government Center, Keller Plaza – 4544 Lemay Ferry Road, St Louis, MO 63129

St. Louis County Library, Mid County Branch – 7821 Maryland Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105

North County Recreation Complex – 2577 Redman Road, St. Louis, MO 63136

West County Government Center – 82 Clarkson Wilson Centre, Chesterfield, MO 63017

If residents choose to vote in person at a polling place on Nov. 3, they can vote at any polling place in the county between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The Board of Elections staff developed a wait app for both voters and staff to use on Election Day. The app will allow users to look up the current wait time at all 230 polling places. The app was developed as a service to voters so that they can find a polling place with a shorter line if the need arises. However, staff will utilize the app as well to determine any needs to send more election judges to a polling place if the location is experiencing an influx in voter traffic.

For more information, visit www.stlouiscovotes.com or call 314-615-1800.