St. Louis Public Library continues to be a community resource for voters this election season. As the November 3 election draws near, SLPL offers voting assistance services.
• Voter registration for the November 3 election is available at all open SLPL locations through Oct. 7. Staff at each location are trained to assist customers in completing the needed forms and submitting the necessary paperwork.
• In-Person Absentee Voting will be available October 12 through November 2 at Buder, Central, Julia Davis and Schlafly. Absentee voting on touch-screen machines will be available for qualifying voters.
• Free Mail-In and Absentee Ballot Notary Service will be available Monday - Saturday for the weeks of October 19 and 26, during regular Library hours at these locations: Barr, Carpenter, Julia Davis and Schlafly. All mail-in ballots must be notarized. Mail-in ballots may be requested in-person or by mail and must be returned via U.S. mail.* Absentee ballots may be requested in-person, via fax or email, or by mail and may be returned in-person or by U.S. mail.* Voters requesting absentee ballots for health reasons or if they are caring for an incapacitated person do not need to have their ballots notarized. Voters requesting absentee ballots for other reasons must have their ballots notarized. To get a ballot notarized, a voter should bring their ballot and identification. Acceptable identification includes a picture ID, a voter registration card, or a utility bill. Click here for information from the Missouri Secretary of State about additional ballot notary services. *The U.S. Postal Service recommends that you mail your completed ballot “at least one week prior to your state’s deadline” which is 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 3, in Missouri. Mailed City of St. Louis mail-in and absentee ballots can be tracked at this site, opens a new window using the ballot track ID or by scanning the QR code on the stub. If you are concerned your mail-in ballot won’t arrive in time, you can surrender it at the Board of Elections or a satellite in-person absentee polling place and, if you qualify, vote absentee OR you can surrender it at your assigned polling place on election day and be allowed to vote there and then.
• On Election Day, seven SLPL locations will serve as exclusive polling sites. Those locations, which will be closed for regular Library operations, are Baden, Buder, Carondelet, Central, Kingshighway, Schlafly, and Walnut Park. Regular Library operations will take place that day at Barr, Carpenter, Central Express, Charing Cross, Divoll, Julia Davis, Machacek and Marketplace locations. Cabanne remains closed for building repairs.
Additionally, voters can find links to voter information here, including the League of Women Voter Education Fund's vote411.org, opens a new window where a voter can plug in their address and find information about the candidates and issues on their ballot. For more information about these resources and services, visit an SLPL location or call 314- 241-2288.