Deadline for absentee voting is fast approaching

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COLUMBIA - Wednesday is the last day to request a mail-in absentee ballot for the November 4 election.  

Anyone who would like to vote absentee by mail will need to submit an application form by 5 p.m. Wednesday. The form requires identification, a current address, and a reason for requesting. Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said although the legal deadline is tomorrow, it's better to vote in person at your precinct.  

"Your best option if you're going to be out of town next week is to come into our office. When you mail a ballot it takes a couple of days to get to you, you have to mark your ballot, you have to find a notary, and you have to mail it back to us, and it has to be back by next Tuesday," Noren said. 

Six percent of voters in Boone County are absentee and two percent of voters are absentee in Cole County for this election. If you miss the deadline for the mail-in ballot Wednesday, you can vote at a county clerk's office for the rest of the week. 

Noren wants to stress that coming in and voting if you can is important.

"Don't try and do a mail-absentee at this point unless that's the only way you think you can vote," Noren said. "Unless you're going out of town and there's no way for someone to come in here. It would be best if you came in here Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Monday if you're going to be out of town."

Boone County's office will be open for voting 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Voters have until Monday at 5 p.m. to participate in in-person absentee voting in the clerk's office. Every county clerk's office will be open on Saturday for four hours to accomodate absentee voters. Voters can call their county clerk's office to find specific hours.