Absentee Ballot Requests and Information

County Clerk's Office


Absentee ballots may be cast in person or by mail beginning 6 weeks prior to the election date, for anyone that will be out of the county on the day of the election, due to a religious belief or practice, employment as an election authority at a location other than your polling place, or if unable to make it to their polling place due to illness or disability. Also, full-time caretakers for those ill or disabled may also be eligible. The deadline for absentee voting in person in the office of the County Clerk is 5 p.m. on the day before the election.

By Mail


Requested Absentee Ballots are mailed 6 weeks prior to the election. They include a postage-paid envelope to return them back to the election authority. They must be returned by 7 p.m. on the actual Election Day. Absentee ballots may also be hand carried in to the County Clerk’s Office by the voter, or a relative within the second degree. (parent, spouse, child, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law)

Absentee ballots requested by persons unable to vote at their polling place on election day are required to be notarized. Absentee ballots requested by persons being prevented to vote at the polls due to illness or disability are not required to be notarized. If you are a voter with a chronic illness or disability (or their caretaker) you may also be eligible to be placed on our permanent absentee voter list. Please call the Clerk's office at 271-1412 for more information. 
  

Absentee Ballot Requests


Download the Absentee Ballot Request Form. Mail the form to the Buchanan County Clerk's Office Attn: Rebecca Yarbrough, 411 Jules Street Room 121, St. Joseph, MO 64501. You can also fax the form to 271-1535 Attn: Rebecca Yarbrough, scan/email the form to ryarbrough@co.buchanan.mo.us or return this completed form in person to the County Clerk's Office / Election Authority.

Missouri Law requires that requests for absentee ballots be received by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Election Day if the ballot is to be mailed. The deadline for absentee voting in person in the office of the County Clerk is 5 p.m. on the day before the election.