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VOTERS GUIDE: Helpful tips for participating in Tuesday's primary election

Friday, August 3, 2012 | 3:03 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Voters in Boone County and across the state will travel to polling places on Tuesday to participate in the primary election. Voters from four political parties will choose their nominees for a slate of offices ranging from U.S. senator to county commissioner.

Find the complete voters guide to candidates and election issues here.

Here are some helpful tips to ensure your Boone County voting experience goes smoothly.

Voting requirements

  • U.S. citizens who live in Boone County, are at least 18, are not serving felony sentences and are registered to vote are eligible. The voter registration deadline for the primary election was July 11.
  • Registered voters must have updated addresses on record with the Boone County Clerk's Office. People who have moved since registering to vote in Boone County may change their addresses as late as election day. A change-of-address form can be completed online or by calling the county clerk's office at 886-4375. Although it's probably too late for Tuesday's election, voters also can send documents containing their names, old addresses, new addresses, mailing addresses (if different than the new addresses), dates of birth, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers and their signatures to Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren, 801 E. Walnut St., Room 236, Columbia, MO 65201. Finally, you can fill out a change-of-address form in person at the clerk's office, which is on the second floor of the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center.

Accepted forms of voter identification

Voters are required to bring one of several forms of identification to their polling places. Accepted forms include:

  • A Boone County voter identification card. (This is the form of identification preferred by election workers.)
  • A driver’s license (Missouri or other states)

  • A state-issued identification such as a non-driver's license, a birth certificate, a Women, Infants and Children identification card or a university or state employee card.
  • Identification issued by a Missouri institution of higher education, including universities, colleges, vocational schools and technical schools.
  • A passport, Social Security card, Medicaid card, Medicare card or another form of identification issued by the federal government.
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document containing your name and address.

Where to vote

When to vote

  • Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Absentee voters

In order to have voted by absentee ballot, you must have submitted your absentee ballot application by Aug. 1. If your application has been processed, you may vote in person at the county clerk's office up until 5 p.m. Monday.

All absentee ballots must be received by a local election authority by 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

For more information

  • Call the Boone County Clerk's Voter Registration Division at 886-4375 or the Voter Information Hotline at 875-8683.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


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