Tuesday marks first Boone County election with new voter ID laws

11 months 1 week 12 hours ago Tuesday, August 08 2017 Aug 8, 2017 Tuesday, August 08, 2017 7:55:00 AM CDT August 08, 2017 in News
By: Nick Allen, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - As people drop by polling locations to cast their votes on Tuesday, they'll find the voting process has slightly changed since the last election. 

Residents voting in Tuesday's election will be among the first in the state to vote under Missouri's new photo identification voter law. 

The law asks all voters to bring identification which has a picture of them on it. 

Government issued IDs are preferred, as it requires voters to fill out less paperwork at the polls. 

Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks said he wanted to make it as easy as possible for everyone to vote in Tuesday's election. 

"We've been clear with all our communication to voters here in Boone County, if you're registered to vote, you can vote. Bring in what you normally bring in and we will assist you so you're complying with the law, we're complying with the law, but its as little burden as possible on the voters," Burks said. 

Voters will have many decisions to make on Tuesday's ballots, but two in particular have gathered intense interest in Boone County. 

If voters choose to approve Proposition 1, they will renew a half cent sales tax that helps fund road and bridge maintenance. 

Meanwhile, the 50th District is up for grabs in the Missouri House of Representatives, with Democrat Michella Skelton and Republican Sara Walsh vying for the spot. 

Burks said its important voters weigh in on these issues. 

"This is an opportunity for voters to have an input on how county government works, how we're gonna fund the issues, weather or not to do it, so turning out to vote is the opportunity to have your voice heard," Burks said. 

Polls are open from until seven Tuesday evening. 

The Boone County Clerk's Office will release results shortly after polls close. 

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