Elections

There will be a General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Watch for details about two General Election forums in October provided by the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County.

Notice of Election

November 8, 2022 – Notice of Election

Voter Registration deadline for the November election is October 12.

You can check your registration in Boone County (and find additional information about voting) at this link: https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/

Changes for the November 8, 2022 General Election

Photo ID Requirements

To vote in person, voters will need to show one of the following forms of ID:
  • A Missouri Driver license that is not expired;
  • A Missouri Nondriver’s license that is not expired or does not have an expiration date;
  • A U.S. Passport that is not expired;
  • A Military ID that is not expired or does not have an expiration date; or
  • A document issued by the United States or state of Missouri that includes your photograph and name that matches your voter registration record. This document must not be expired or, if it is expired, it expired after the date of the most recent general election
If you don’t have one of these IDs, you can still vote a blue provisional ballot, which will be counted if you come back to your polling place on Election Day with your ID or if your signature matches the signature on your voter registration record. If you need help getting a photo ID, the Secretary of State’s Office can help you.

New No-Excuse Absentee Voting Period

Any registered voter can vote in person at the Boone County Clerk’s Office between October 25th and November 7th. Note: These changes are part of a new law, House Bill 1878. There are several court cases challenging the new law. The Clerk’s Office will keep all voters informed of any potential changes.

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Primary Election on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

Voter Guide Here is a link to the Voter Guide from the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County for this Primary Election: LWV Primary Election Races Voter Guide for Aug. 2 Election Final

Here is a link to the recording of the Primary Election Candidate Forum held on Thursday, July 14, 2022:

https://youtu.be/h-vc1JrMkDs 

Voter Information

Here is a link to voter information in Boone County: https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/

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Election Information

April 5, 2022 Election

Last day to register to vote for this election (if you are not already registered) is March 9, 2022. Here is a link to the Boone County Clerk’s website for election information and to see your ballot: https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/ You can see your ballot if you enter your information in the section that says “Check your voter registration”. LWV Voter Guide for the April 5 Election: LWV Voter Guide April 5 Election Ballot Issues Here is a link to information about the Columbia School District Bond Issue and the Boone County and City of Columbia Use Tax Ballot Issues:

Ballot Issues on April 5 Election

Here is a recording of the Election Forum held on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 for Columbia School Board and Ballot Issues:

https://youtu.be/WgNHA76M6T8

Here is a recording of the Election Forum held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 for Columbia City Council Wards 3 & 4 and Mayor

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April 6, 2021 Election

Here is a link to the LWV Voter Guide: LWV Voter Guide – April 6 2021 Election REVISED

Election Forum Columbia’s City Council Tuesday, March 16 › 7-8:30 p.m.

Here is a link to the YouTube video of this Election Forum:

****************************************************** Election Forum Columbia School Board & Missouri’s 45th District House Seat Tuesday, March 23 › 7-8:30 p.m. Live event via Zoom

Learn firsthand about the candidates running for Columbia school board and Missouri’s 45th House District seat in the April 6 election. Co-sponsored by the Columbia Public Library. Register to get a Zoom link. The forum will be recorded for later viewing. Register

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November 3, 2020 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 —————————————————————————————————————————- 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 – ————————————————————————————————————– 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 ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— 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 ———————————————————————————————————- 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/ ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– 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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