2020 General Election Deadlines

Republican Poll Workers are needed to help ensure a safe and problem-free election in Boone County.
Absentee Voting Starts:
September 22, 2020

Last Day to Register to Vote:
October 7, 2020

Saturday Hours at the County Clerk’s Office (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM):
October 3, 2020
October 31, 2020

Application deadline for absentee ballots to be mailed to voter:
October 21, 2020

Deadline for absentee voting in person in the county clerk’s office:
November 2, 2020

General Election Day
November 3, 2020

Voting by Mail Options for 2020 Elections

In June 2020, Senate Bill 631 was officially signed by Governor Parson, expanding options for voters in 2020 and creating two ways to vote by mail:

Absentee ballots: Voters may request an absentee ballot if they have or are at-risk for contracting or transmitting COVID-19. More information about this new reason is available from the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office at https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionGoVoteMissouri/2020VotingOptions.pdf. Voters using that excuse or the excuse of incapacity or confinement due to illness or injury do not need their ballot envelopes notarized. Voters can return their absentee ballots by mail or in person (you will need to show your ID when bringing it by in person), including curbside drop off at our office by calling (573) 886-4375 to schedule a drop off time. Voters can request an absentee ballot online on our absentee page.

Mail-in ballots: The law also creates the option of mail-in ballot that any voter can request in person or by mail. Voters that choose a mail-in ballot must have their ballot envelope notarized and must return their ballot by mail only. The mail-in ballot application is available as a PDF and can be mailed to the Boone County Clerk’s Office, attn: Mail-in Ballot, 801 E. Walnut, Room 236, Columbia MO 65201.

Whether you plan to vote by absentee or mail-in ballot, the deadline to apply for a mailed ballot is 5 p.m. on Oct. 21 for the November General election.

All ballots must be received in the Boone County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots received after this time will not be counted. It is recommended all ballots being mailed, whether mail-in or absentee, be mailed by Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.