Voting basics

Friday, April 2, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 12:30 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 6, 2010

WHEN? Tuesday. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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WHERE? Throughout Columbia and Boone County. To figure out where you vote, go to the Web site of Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren, click on the button that says “Find your polling place” and enter your name.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? A valid form of identification such as a driver’s license, a Social Security card or a state-issued ID. There are many other acceptable forms. The county clerk’s Web site lists many of them.

WHAT IF I’VE MOVED SINCE THE LAST ELECTION? You’ll need to notify the county clerk’s office before you’ll be allowed to cast a ballot. You can do this online at the clerk's Web site or fill out a form in person at the clerk’s office in the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut St.

IS IT TOO LATE TO REGISTER? Yes. The deadline for Tuesday’s election was March 10.

WHAT IF I WON'T BE HERE ON TUESDAY? You can cast an absentee ballot at the clerk's office.


Columbia mayor: There are six candidates for a three-year term as mayor of Columbia. Incumbent Darwin Hindman is not seeking another term. The candidates, in ballot order, are Sid Sullivan, Jerry Wade, Sal Nuccio, Paul Love, Bob McDavid and Sean O’Day.

Third Ward City Council seat: There are two candidates for a three-year term: Incumbent Karl Skala and challenger Gary Kespohl.

Fourth Ward City Council seat: There are four candidates for a three-year term. Incumbent Jerry Wade is running for mayor. The candidates, in ballot order, are Tracy Greever-Rice, Sarah Read, Rick Buford and Daryl Dudley.

Proposition 1: This proposal, placed on the ballot by initiative petition, would authorize the city to place surveillance cameras downtown. Supporters say it’s necessary to improve public safety in the central business district; opponents say it’s a waste of money and an undue strike against civil liberties.


Proposition 2: This proposed amendment to the Columbia city charter would allow the city manager during temporary absences to designate assistant city managers to be acting city managers.

Proposition 3: This proposed charter amendment would eliminate the restriction on city fund transfers during the first six months of the fiscal year.

Proposition 4: This proposed charter amendment would remove the requirement that the director of the Water and Light Department be a registered engineer.

Proposition 5: This amendment would double from five to 10 days the amount of time the city clerk has to validate signatures on petitions nominating candidates for City Council. It would also give the clerk 30 days instead of 10 to review initiative or referendum petitions.

Proposition 6: This proposition would allow city deposits in banks to be secured by the same sorts of securities required to insure state deposits.

Columbia School Board: Voters will choose two of three candidates for three-year terms. The candidates are incumbents Jan Mees and Jim Whitt and challenger Dan Holt. Whitt was appointed to the board to fulfill the unexpired term of the late Rosie Tippin.

Voters also will choose between Jonathan Sessions and Philip Peters for a one-year term on the school board.

School bond issue: This appears as “Question” on Columbia School District ballots. It would authorize a $120 million bond issue that would pay for building a new high school and elementary school and improvements to other buildings, including new gyms at Rock Bridge and Hickman High Schools, new technology and air conditioning in some schools.

Boone Hospital Center trustee: Ronald Gini is challenging 19-year incumbent Barbara Weaver for a five-year seat on the hospital board.

For a comprehensive look at coverage of all the races and issues on the ballot, go to the Missourian's online voters guide.

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