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Registering To Vote

Reasons to Register to Vote In Boone County

  • Registering to vote in Boone County has no effect on your residency for tuition purposes, financial aid, or any other MU function.
  • If you choose to register in a district where you do not live right now, you may need to vote in person in that other district, especially if you did not present photo ID to the voting official when you registered.
  • If you are not required to vote in person in that other district, you will be voting absentee. In the best of circumstances, absentee voting is inconvenient and involves additional, sometimes arcane bureaucratic steps, such as getting your signature on the ballot envelope notarized, which can trip people up when they are up against deadlines. Sometimes absentee voting does not work well (example: a student receives her absentee ballot the day AFTER an election).
  • Even if you won't live here forever, you live here now and future students will live here for years to come. Registering in Boone County means you will have a voice, for yourself and future students to come, on local issues that affect everyday life for students in Columbia.

The Best Way to Register In Boone County 

Note that Boone County offices, including the County Clerk, are closed on Monday October 8, 2018.

  • The absolute best way to register to vote is in person, at the County Clerk's office. If you do this, you'll need to present a photo ID, Once you have presented acceptable ID, you will be completely registered, and will be allowed to request an absentee ballot in case of emergency.
  • The next-best way to register is to use the online-initiated voter registration process at
  • Note: This is NOT a simple online form The signature part of the form makes it a two-part process, unless you fill it out on a touch-enabled device like an iPad or Android tablet.  From a non-touch-enabled computer or other device, you will print out the form, sign it, scan it, and email it to the clerk's office. It is best if you also attach a scanned copy of both sides of your Missouri driver's license or other acceptable ID (see Acceptable ID).
  • There have been some problems for some voters who used the TurboVote third-party app to register. To be absolutely safe, use the above link, which goes directly to the Boone County Clerk.

Voting Absentee

If you opt to register to vote in another district (another part of Missouri or another state), unless you travel there to vote, you will need to apply for an absentee ballot. If you choose to do this, you must make sure you know the other jurisdiction's procedures and deadlines, and allow ample extra time to allow for unforeseen glitches, if you want your vote to count. See the "Every State Votes Differently" section of this guide for a few examples of state-by-state differences.  Check the procedures and deadlines now to ensure your vote will count.

Do not forget, if this is your first time voting in the state of Missouri, you will need to vote in person, if you did not present photo ID to your County Clerk at the time you registered.