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Voter registration deadline near

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 | 4:18 p.m. CDT; updated 4:59 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 30, 2008

COLUMBIA — The registration deadline is near for people who want to cast ballots on Nov. 4.

Residents have until 5 p.m. next Wednesday to register with the Boone County Clerk's office, located on the second floor of the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center at Eighth and Ash streets. Those unregistered by that time will be ineligible to vote in the general election.

Applicants can register at the clerk's office, at city clerks' offices in Ashland, Centralia, Hallsville, Rocheport or Sturgeon; at the office of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM) in the basement of MU's Brady Commons or by calling 886-4375 to find the nearest registration site.

Registration forms also are available online at showmeboone.com/clerk.

County Clerk Wendy Noren said she is encourageing voters to fill out forms online to reduce the chance of missing information or clerical error. She emphasized that signed and completed voter registration cards must still be postmarked by 5 p.m. next Wednesday in order to be deemed eligible.

Noren said it would be a good idea for citizens who wait until next Wednesday to bring registration forms into the clerk's office in person. She also suggested residents who believe they are registered to visit the clerk's Web site to make sure.

"People should check their registration this week because we have hundreds of people that filled out forms and handed them to someone on the street," she said. "Just because you filled out a form doesn't mean you are registered to vote."

 


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