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What to know to be able to vote on Tuesday

Sunday, April 3, 2011 | 5:04 p.m. CDT; updated 9:08 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 5, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Clerk's office mailed sample ballots to registered voters, but anyone who did not receive a copy can find everything voters need to know on the clerk's website.

A common reason folks did not receive a sample ballot is the wrong registered address, according to the site. Click here to verify registration information.

Other common voting questions:

When are the polls open?

All voting stations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Where is my polling location?

The county clerk's office sends out a notice of polling place along with the sample ballot. For those who did not receive one or have misplaced it, the clerk's website has a handy tool that allows voters to look up polling information.

Do I need my ID to vote?

Voters will need to bring ID cards to the polls. The following forms of ID will work:

  • Driver's license.
  • ID card from a state agency, such as a university employee ID, or a non-drivers ID.
  • ID card from a higher education institution, such as an MU student ID.
  • Passport or Social Security, Medicaid, or Medicare card.
  • A copy of a current utility bill, government check or other government document with a name and an address on it.

Those voting for the first time need a copy of a current, valid photo ID or a utility bill, government check, paycheck, bank statement or other government document with a name and address on it, according to the clerk's website.

Who am I voting for?

One First Ward City Council candidate.

One Fifth Ward City Council candidate.

Three Columbia School Board candidates.


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