Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

  1. Who may register to vote?
  2. What are the residency requirements?
  3. What are the registration deadlines?
  4. Where do I register to vote?
  5. What if my address or name has changed?
  6. When do I vote?
  7. Where do I vote?
  8. How do I vote?
  9. Do I need to register by party?
  10. Can I vote before election day?
  11. Are there voting services for elderly and disabled voters?
  12. Who are my elected officials?
  13. What district am I in?

Answers


1. Who may register to vote?

You may register to vote in Boone County if you are:

  • At least 17 1/2 years old
  • A citizen of the United States
  • A resident of Boone County

If Convicted of a Felony

If you've been convicted of a felony you may register to vote after you have served your entire sentence, including any probation or parole.

You may not register to vote if you have been declared incapacitated by a court and have lost your right to vote.

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2. What are the residency requirements?

Missouri has no prior residency requirement to register to vote, but you must be registered by the 4th Wednesday prior to an election in order to vote in that election.

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3. What are the registration deadlines?

Please see the Current Missouri Election Calendar for deadlines.

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4. Where do I register to vote?

Online

By Mail

In Person

  • Visit our office in the Boone County Government Center (9th & Ash in downtown Columbia) during office hours (8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday)
  • Visit the City Clerk Offices in Ashland, Centralia, Hallsville, Rocheport, and Sturgeon

For more information call:

  • Voter Registration Office (573) 886-4375
  • Voter Information Hotline (573) 875-8683
  • TDD for Hearing Impaired Voters (573) 886-4388
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5. What if my address or name has changed?

If you have moved recently, make sure your voter registration record is correct and up-to-date.

Please use our online form to change your address or name; or

Fill out a new Missouri Voter Registration Application, sign it, and mail to the address below; or

Mail the following information to the address below:

  • Name
  • Old address
  • New address
  • Mailing address (if different)
  • Date of birth
  • Telephone number (optional)
  • Signature
  • Last 4 digits of Social Security Number

Mail to:
Boone County Clerk
801 E. Walnut St. Rm. 236
Columbia, MO 65201-7731

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6. When do I vote?

Please see the Current Missouri Election Calendar.

Elections may be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the following months: February, April, June, August, November.

  • April is the annual School and Municipal Election Day
  • August is the Primary Election Day in even numbered years
  • November is the General Election Day in even numbered years
  • All other days are unscheduled Special Election Days. The County Clerk’s Office will know 10 weeks in advance if an election has been called for a particular date.

Polls are open from 6 AM to 7 PM on election days.

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7. Where do I vote?

You may look up your polling location, directions, and map before every election.

The County Clerk's office mails a Notice of Polling Place and Sample Ballot to each registered voter in the County approximately two weeks before an election. You may also sign up to receive your sample ballot and polling location by email.

If you do not receive your sample ballot and polling place notice, there may be a problem with your mailing address on our file. Please check and, if necessary, update your address.

The list of precincts and polling places is listed in each newspaper in Boone County during the week before each election, along with a sample ballot of those candidates and/or issues to be voted on at the election.

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8. How do I vote?

Check your voter registration record and update it if it has changed.

Next, check your polling place and make sure you have a valid ID to take with you.

Missouri Voter Identification Requirements

  • Option 1: Provide one of the following photo ID documents:
    • Missouri issued Driver license that is not expired
    • Missouri issued Nondriver license that is not expired or does not have an expiration date
    • U.S. Passport that is not expired
    • Military ID that is not expired or does not have an expiration date
  • Option 2: Provide the same ID you provided in previous elections. Some examples are:
    • Voter Identification card issued by the Boone County Clerk
    • Identification issued by the State of Missouri that has your current name
    • Identification issued by the U.S. Government that contains your current name
    • State college/university ID that contains your current name
    • Utility bill that contains your current name and address
    • Bank statement that contains your current name and address
    • Government check that contains your current name and address
    • Paycheck that contains your current name and address
    • Government document that contains your current name and address
    • Out of state driver license or nondriver license
    • Expired Missouri driver license
    • Expired Passport
    • Birth Certificate with your current name
    • Social Security Card that contains your current name
  • Option 3: If you have no form of identification, but are a registered voter, you can cast a provisional ballot. There are two ways your vote counts:
    • If you come back to your polling location before the close of polls on Election Day; or
    • If your signature matches the signature on file on the voter registration record.

Voter ID Assistance

The Secretary of State will assist you getting a valid Missouri nondrivers license and cover the cost of any documents that are required to get the ID.

You can get this assistance at:

Read the sample ballot published in the newspaper before you go to vote. This way you will not be surprised by anything you see on the ballot when you enter the voting booth.

For more information call:

  • Voter Registration Office (573) 886-4375
  • Voter Information Hotline (573) 875-8683
  • TDD for Hearing Impaired Voters (573) 886-4388
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9. Do I need to register by party?

Missouri does not register voters by political party so you will not be asked about any party affiliation when you register. However, you must choose a party ballot from the election workers when you vote at a Primary Election or choose a "nonpartisan" ballot that lists only issues, not candidates. You do not have to choose the same party ballot at subsequent Primaries.

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10. Can I vote before election day?

Absentee ballots are available six weeks before every election.

You may vote by absentee ballot if you are unable to go to the polls because of:

  • Absence from Boone County on Election Day
  • Military duty or dependent of military personnel stationed in the United States or overseas
  • Employment by the election authority on Election Day at a location other than your polling place
  • Illness or physical disability
  • Religious belief or practice
  • Incarceration - if you have retained all other voting qualifications under Missouri law

You may apply for an absentee ballot through the Elections Division of the Boone County Clerk’s Office. You can vote absentee in person until 5pm on the Monday before Election Day or apply for a mail-in ballot until the second Wednesday before Election Day.

  • The quickest and most efficient way is to apply in person. You will immediately receive your ballot to be voted in the office.
  • If you are confined, call the Elections Office at (573) 886-4375 and a bipartisan team of election workers will deliver your ballot to you. The deadline for the written application for this service is 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday before the election. We cannot legally deliver ballots unless we have a written application prior to that time.
  • You may have your ballot mailed to your address. Call or write for an application to be sent. The deadline for receiving application for mail absentee ballots is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before an election. All absentee ballots that are mailed by voters from within the U.S. must be voted in the presence of a Notary Public and returned to the Elections Office before the polls close on election day. Persons with disabilities do not have to have ballots notarized.
  • If you are in the military, you do not have to apply for each election. You will be sent a ballot for all elections for a one year period. Please be sure to keep your address updated if you have a transfer.

Apply online or Print, fill out, and mail the application for absentee ballot.

Ballots are mailed to voters by Certified Mail.

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11. Are there voting services for elderly and disabled voters?

You may register to vote online, by mail or request that deputy registrars register you at home.

If a polling place is inaccessible to a disabled voter, they and members of their household may request transfer to a barrier-free poll. Contact the office before Election Day if you need this service so the appropriate ballot will be available at the new polling place.

Absentee voting in the Elections Office is an option or a you may request to have your name added to the permanent absentee application list. Once on the list, you will be sent an application for each election day in the year. You will need to return a completed application for each election in which you wish to vote. Your absentee ballot will then delivered to you by a bipartisan team of election workers.

If a voter is blind, they may have a person of their choosing accompany them to help vote their ballot. A bipartisan team of election workers may read the ballot to a voter and mark the ballot at the voter’s direction.

Voting supplies may be brought to a voter at their car if they are unable to get inside their polling place.

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12. Who are my elected officials?

Please see the list of elected officials.

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13. What district am I in?

Please look up your record to see your precinct information.

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