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Voter information for Fifth Ward election

Monday, February 4, 2013 | 1:52 p.m. CST; updated 7:33 a.m. CST, Tuesday, February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA — Voters in Columbia's Fifth Ward will head to the polls Tuesday to pick a successor to Councilwoman Helen Anthony, who resigned in November so she could move to Rhode Island to be with her husband.

Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said Monday that she's unsure how many voters to expect at the polls tomorrow. She noted, however, that fewer than 2,000 tend to vote in a typical April municipal election, which annually features City Council and school board races, along with others.

Here's what voters to need to know to participate in the election:

Who are the candidates? In ballot order, the candidates are Susan "Tootie" Burns, Mark Jones and Laura Nauser.

Where can I learn about the candidates? The Missourian has published several articles about the candidates, along with summaries of their backgrounds and stances on various issues. You can find all that information here.

Who is eligible to vote? Only registered voters in Columbia's Fifth Ward will be eligible to vote. If you're unsure which ward you live in, you can find out by visiting the county clerk's website and entering your name in the fields under "Search Boone County Voting Records."

Where do I vote? The county clerk's website lists four polling places for the 13 precincts in the Fifth Ward. They are:

  • Precinct 5A, Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway.
  • Precincts 5C, 5G, 5H, 5I, 5M, Forum Christian Church, 3900 Forum Blvd.
  • Precincts 5D, 5F, 5J, Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Road.
  • Precincts 5E, 5K, 5N, 5P Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 W. Nifong Blvd.

If you're unsure which precinct you live in, you can also check that on the county clerk's website.

When do I vote? The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

What should I bring with me to the polls? You'll need some sort of identification. A voter ID from Boone County or a driver's license are the most common. For a list of other types of acceptable ID, visit the clerk's website and click on the link to registration questions and answers.

Where do I go for more information about participating in the election? Call the Voter Registration Office at 886-4375 or visit the county clerk's website.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


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