Deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 5 election is Wednesday

Monday, July 7, 2014 | 6:23 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Wednesday is the deadline to register to vote for the upcoming primary election on Aug. 5.

Residents can see if they're already registered on the Boone County Clerk's website.  They can also find their polling place, see which voting districts they belong to, file a change of address and request an absentee ballot.

Here are the requirements to be a Boone County registered voter:

  • Anyone who is a citizen of the United States,

  • At least 17 and a half years old,

  • A Boone County resident.

Convicted felons can register to vote if they've served their sentence, including any probation.

Residents can find registration forms on the clerk's website. They can be filled out online, and the website will generate a PDF document that can be printed, signed and mailed to the clerk's office. Forms can also be submitted in person to the clerk's office or printed, signed, scanned and then emailed to the clerk's office,, by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Residents can use a tablet to register online as long as it has a signature capture application.

Office's hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The mailing address and location for the Boone County Clerk's office is Room 236, 801 E. Walnut St., Columbia, MO 65201-773.

Here are some other things to know about voter registration:

  • If voters register by Wednesday, they'll receive a sample ballot in the mail. Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said residents should make sure the address they include is up to date. Sample ballots can also be found on the clerk's website.

  • Voters can choose to vote for one party's candidates — either Constitution, Democratic, Libertarian or Republican — in each primary election. A voter can vote in only one party primary per election, but they can choose a different primary election to vote in every year, according to the Boone County Clerk's website. Noren said if voters choose to be nonpartisan and not vote for any party's candidates, they will vote using an issue-only ballot, which includes proposed amendments to the Missouri Constitution.

For additional information about voter registration and about the upcoming primary election, go to the Boone County Clerk's website.

Supervising editor is Sam Hardiman.


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