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Military and overseas voters







If you are a United States citizen living overseas or if you are in the military, there are special provisions for you to register, receive, and return your ballot.

Register to vote





Visit the Military and Overseas Voting Access Portal to register online.

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Visit the Secretary of State website to register online.

Receiving your ballot





An absentee ballot is available 46 days prior to an election. As a military or overseas voter, you can request to receive your ballot by mail, fax, email or the military and Overseas Voting Access Portal. Learn more about the Military and Overseas Voting Access Portal.

If we have not received your voter registration, you may need to complete a Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot Request or FPCA.

View the Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot Request (FPCA) form.

Click here to find out what's on your ballot.

Marking your ballot





1. Mark your ballot

  • Mark your ballot using a dark ballpoint pen.
  • To vote for a candidate fill in the oval to the left of your choice.
  • To vote on any measure, fill in the oval to the left of the word Yes or No.
  • If you make a mistake, you can request a replacement ballot by contacting our office.

2.  Review your ballot

  • If you vote for more candidates than allowed or if you vote both Yes and No on a measure, your vote will not count for that candidate or measure.
  • You do not have to vote on all contests. Those you do vote on will still count.
  • Check both sides of the ballot for voting contests.

Returning your ballot





Mail your ballot

  • Place your ballot  and accompanying absentee affidavit in the return envelope provided and seal the envelope.
  • Important! Sign the return envelope or your ballot cannot be counted.
  • If you choose to mail your ballot, please check with the local post office to ensure your ballot will reach the elections office in time for it to be counted.

Fax your ballot

  • Important! To return your ballot by fax you must be serving in a hostile zone. Click here to see a list of the hostile zones.
  • If you choose to fax your ballot, you must also fax an absentee affidavit. 
  • Fax number for voted ballots: 417-588-9288.

Email your ballot

  • Important! To return your ballot by email you must be serving in a hostile zone. Click here to see a list of the hostile zones.
  • If you choose to email you ballot, you must also email an absentee affidavit.
  • Email address for voted ballots: laclede@sos.mo.gov

Military and Overseas Voting Access Portal


All voted ballots must be received by the Laclede County Clerk's Office no later than 12:00 p.m. CST on the Friday following the election.

If you have any questions please contact us at (417) 532-5471.

Additional Resources





For more information about voting in the military or when living overseas:

Visit the Military and Overseas Voting Access Portal.

Visit the Secretary of States website to learn more about the military and overseas citizens voting process.