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Absentee Voting

DOWNLOAD: Absentee Ballot Request Form

The State of Missouri does not permit early voting. However, qualified voters who have a legal reason as provided by statute may be able to cast an absentee ballot prior to any given election. All absentee voters must sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury attesting as to their legal reason for voting by absentee ballot. Registered voters who are not be able to go to their polling place on election day may vote absentee but must attest to one of the following legal reasons:

  • Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote
  • Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability
  • Religious belief or practice
  • Employment as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than such voter’s polling place
  • Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained
  • Certified participation in the address confidentiality program established under sections 589.660 to 589.661 because of safety concerns.

All requests to receive an absentee ballot by mail must be received by our office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday immediately preceding an election. All absentee ballots voted via mail must be received by our office no later than 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election in order to be counted.

Any qualified voter wishing to vote absentee in-person may do so in the County Clerk’s Office starting six weeks prior to an election. The County Clerk’s Office hours are generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the Saturday immediately preceding any election.

If you are a Missouri registered voter and are qualified to vote absentee for an upcoming election, you have the following options:

  1. Download and complete the Request for an Absentee Ballot form and submit it to the County Clerk (more than six weeks before an election).
  2. Visit the County Clerk’s Office to vote absentee in person (within six weeks of the election).
  3. Send or fax the following information to the Callaway County Clerk to request a ballot:
    • Full name
    • Specific (legal) reason as to why you are requesting an absentee ballot
    • Residential address
    • Mailing address (where to send ballot, if different than residence)
    • Last 4 digits of your Social Security number
    • Telephone number and/or e-mail address
    • Signature
  4. Send a relative within the second degree by consanguinity or affinity (blood or marriage) to complete an application for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you on your behalf.

In an August Primary Election, please make sure to note the preferred party ballot that you wish to receive. If no party is listed, we will issue a non-partisan ballot that contains issues only.

Callaway County Clerk
10 E. 5th Street Room 104

Fulton, MO 65251
Phone (573)642-0730
Fax (573)642-7181