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Registering To Vote

Missed Missouri's Voter Registration Deadline October 12?

If you are from a state outside Missouri, you may still have time to register and vote absentee in the upcoming election. Check the rules and deadlines NOW. Google has a widget for checking your deadlines and procedures. There is nothing stopping you from registering to vote in another state where you are qualified to vote, and changing your registration to Boone County, MO after the next election has passed.

Reasons to Register to Vote In Boone County

  • Sometimes absentee voting does not work (example: a student receives her absentee ballot the day AFTER an election).
  • In the best of circumstances, absentee voting is inconvenient and involves additional steps and may involve the use of a notary.
  • 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.
  • Our local voting official in Boone County (our county clerk, Wendy Noren) has been recognized nationally for her professional dedication and expertise. 

The Best Way to Register In Boone County 

The online form linked below will also work if you are registering to vote in another Missouri county. It is a statewide form, and as long as all of your information is received by the Boone County Clerk by close of business on October 12, it will count as an on-time Missouri registration.

  • Use the online voter registration at https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/VoterRegApp.asp
  • Note: This is NOT a simple online form. The signature part of the form makes it a two-part process. You fill out the form and then you click Next Step, for options.  Easiest may be to print out the form, sign it, scan it, and email it to the clerk's office.
  • Your registration counts as a "New Registration," not an address change, if you were previously registered in another state or even another county in Missouri.
  • 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.

If you do opt for an absentee ballot, 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.