Elections

Election Information

November 3, 2020 Election

Here is a link to the LWVCBC Voter Guide for this election:
2020 LWV Voter Guide

SAFELY VOTING IN 2020 ELECTIONS

The legislature and Secretary of State put many limitations on Missouri’s new mail-in ballot option for 2020. First, they have to be requested using a form that can be mailed or submitted in person but not submitted online or by fax. Second, the ballot envelope has to be notarized. Notaries can charge to notarize a mail-in ballot even though the law clearly says a notary can’t charge for notarizing absentee ballots. Finally, mail-in ballots must be returned by US mail and cannot be returned in person to the local election authority. Click here for a fact sheet of options to vote by mail in 2020.

Click here for a list of notaries who won’t charge for the service.

Election Information: 
Information about voting safely at this link: https://lwvcbc.org/elections/
Additional information is available at this link: VOTE411.org
Here is a link to the local Voter Guide prepared by LWVCBC: Voter Guide
Click here for a list of notaries who won’t charge for the service.

Here are links to recordings of candidate and ballot issue forums for the November 3 election:

Election Forum: Ballot Issues – PRO/CON
Wednesday, September 30 › 7-8 p.m.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV9Kh7zOVVA&t=198s

Election Forum: State Representative and Senator Candidates
Tuesday, October 06 › 7-8:30 p.m.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F6iFATaWoA&t=3320s

Make Your Plan for November: Voting Options for 2020
Tuesday, October 13 – Noon-1 p.m.
Lunch & Learn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLrNmsIwx4g&t=46s

Election Forum: County Commissioner Candidates
Tuesday, October 13 › 7-8 p.m.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiM-SShXnfo

Election Forum: Sheriff and Circuit Judge Candidates
Wednesday, October 14 › 7-8 p.m.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrK2NtBgDGA

“No on 3”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuJJrKCXNp0&t=81s

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August 4, 2020 Primary Election

Here is a link to a video of the candidate forum with the Republican candidates for Northern Boone County Commissioner

https://youtu.be/0HuJ3vmMUVE

Here is a link to a video of the Forum on Medicaid Expansion held July 14
Amendment 2 – Pro/Con – August Election 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPu5ur6RMYc&feature=youtu.be

Here is a link to the recording of the LWV program about the Human Impact of Medicaid Expansion that was held on Zoom on July 16, 2020. 

Absentee Ballot Information

Oral arguments in the absentee ballot lawsuit filed by LWVMO and the NAACP were heard in the Missouri Supreme Court on June 15. ACLU lawyer Sophia Lakin argued that voters should not need to have their signatures on ballot envelopes verified by a notary during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supreme Court sent the matter back to the Cole County Court, and we await their decision.

In the last hour of the legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly approved changes to the absentee ballot process for the August and November elections. Voters over 65 or with an underlying condition the CDC says are at higher risk of COVID-19 complications can use a new excuse that doesn’t require a notary. Click here for an updated form to request an absentee ballot at least two weeks before the Aug. 4 primary or Nov. 3 general election.

SB631 established a new COVID-19 excuse for healthy voters under age 65 to request a mail-in ballot, but voters using that new form will have to have their ballots notarized. To help voters understand the new options for 2020, the League has prepared a two-page Fact Sheet on Absentee Voting.

Contact your local election authority if you have any questions or would like to request a form to be placed on the permanently disabled list

If you’re not registered to vote or need to update your address, the deadlines are July 8 for the primary and Oct. 7 for the Nov. 3 general election. Register online at https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/register.

Here is a link toinformation about notaries and a list of notaries that won’t charge for notarization of mail-in ballots. The list is provided by the Missouri Secretary of State.
Missouri Secretary of State – Ballot Notaries

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April 7, 2020 General Municipal Election – Date of election changed to June 2
(Last day to register: March 11, 2020)

Columbia City Council
Ward 1
Pat Fowler – https://www.facebook.com/PatFowler4FirstWard/
Greg Pierson –
Mark Anderson –

Ward 5
Matt Pitzer –

Columbia School Board (for 3 positions)
Jonathan Sessions – www.sessionsforschoolboard.com
Chris Horn  – https://www.facebook.com/ChrisHornforSchoolBoard/
David Seamon – David-Seamon.com
Helen Wade –

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March 10, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary

Here is the list of candidates of all parties for the Presidential Preference Primary:
https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/notices/20200310-certification-of-candidates.pdf

If you are not already registered to vote, the deadline to register for the March 10, 2020 election is February 12, 2020.
Additional information can be found at this link:

https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/elections/calendar.asp

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April 2, 2019 General Municipal Election
Last day to register: March 6, 2019

Columbia City Council

Ward 3 – Karl Skala – https://www.skalaforcouncil.com/

Ward 4 – Ian Thomas –https://www.ianfor4th.com/

Columbia Mayor

Chris Kelly

Brian Treece

Columbia School District – School Board

Ardella Streaty-Wilhoit

Brian C. Jones

Blake Willoughby-  https://blakeforcomo.wordpress.com/

Jay Atkins

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November 6, 2018 General Election

Here is a link to the Voters Guide from the LWVCBC:
LWV-VoterGuide2018

Ballot Issues:
2018 Statewide Ballot Issues

Marijuana Issues on the Ballot:
Marijuana Issues on the Ballot

August 7, 2018 Primary Election
Here is a link to election information in Boone County:
 https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/elections/

Proposition A – “Right to Work”
Information from: http://www.vote411.org/

Simple majority required.

Ballot wording: Do the people of the state of Missouri want to adopt Senate Bill 19 (“Right-to-Work”) as passed by the general assembly in 2017, which prohibits as a condition of employment the forced membership in a labor organization (union) or forced payments of dues in full or pro-rata (fair-share); make any activity which violates employees’ rights illegal and ineffective; allow legal remedies for anyone injured as a result of another person violating or threatening to violate employees’ rights; and which shall not apply to union agreements entered into before the effective date of Senate Bill 19? State and local government entities expect no costs or savings.

Summary: The measure would mandate that no employee can be required to join a labor union or pay dues to a labor union as a condition of employment. The measure would exempt any labor agreements in effect before Aug. 28 of last year. The proposal was passed by the Legislature last year but was put on the ballot through a referendum petition drive organized by unions. Supporters of the proposed law, dubbed “right to work,” say it would guarantee individual employees’ right to decide whether to join a union or pay union dues. They also say the law would result in more jobs by attracting businesses to the state and improving the Missouri economy. Opponents dispute that and say the measure would drive wages down. They also say it’s unfair for an employee of a company to benefit from a contract negotiated by a union without financially supporting the union.

City of Columbia – Proposition 1- Water Bond Issue
Information from the city of Columbia at this link:

https://www.como.gov/water-bond/

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November 7, 2017 Election
This is a local election. In Boone County, the main ballot issue is about a “Use Tax.”  Some local communities, including Columbia, may also have this issue on the ballot.

Here is a link to a CAT TV program about the subject:
https://youtu.be/859vQWsarrw

Here is a link to information provided by Boone County:

Boone County Use Tax Information

August 8, 2017 Election

The next election will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. There will be one item on the ballot in Boone County that is county-wide.
Depending on where you live in the county, there may be other items on the ballot.

Here is a link to a video of a recent event regarding the election held by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce:

If you are not currently registered to vote, the deadline to register is: July 12.
Information on registering to vote in Boone County can be found at this link:
https://www.showmeboone.com/ clerk/

The phone number for the Boone County Clerk’s office is: 573-886-4295.

When you go to vote, there are new rules in place as to what forms of identification can be used.  (And assistance in obtaining a state ID, if you don’t have one).
Details are available at this website from the Secretary of State:
http://www.sos.mo.gov/ showit2vote

Examples of acceptable IDs can be found at this link:
http://www.sos.mo.gov/ CMSImages/ ElectionGoVoteMissouri/ AcceptableIDs-ShowIt2Vote.pdf

The Secretary of State’s office also has a toll-free number if you have any questions:
866-868-3245

General Election – November 8, 2016

Voters Guide – General Election – November 8, 2016

Candidates – 4th Congressional District – General Election – November 8, 2016

Discussion of ballot issues on CAT TV:

Ballot Issues 101 – Presented October 2016

 Protect Your Vote – Presented August 2016
https://youtu.be/kA9WEvUHh2o

Primary Election – August 2016

Primary Election-August 2016

Previous Year Elections

Ballot Issues-August 2014

Voters Guide – 2012

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