Absentee voting deadline comes Monday

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COLUMBIA - The deadline for in-person absentee voting at the Boone County Clerk’s office is 5 p.m. Monday.

Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon expects about 15 percent voter turnout for Tuesday's election. She said the county is happy with the prediction, as the election will include candidates for mayor, city council and school board positions.

Elaine Blodgett has been a member of the League of Women Voters of Missouri since 1975. She has voted absentee in local elections in the past. She said the process was "very easy."

"All you have to do is park your car and get into the building," Blodgett said. "Once you go up and sign in, it's very easy and it's done right there. You're feeling better once you get your vote done."

Blodgett said a vote in a local election goes a long way.

"The local elections are the most important because those are the people that are closest to the voters," Blodgett said. "That's where you get the most impact because as voters, we also go to meetings and talk with them."

Robyn Kaufman, a Columbia resident, will be out of town the day of the election. She said she always tries to vote in local elections.

“I think it’s really important because these elections directly affect you,” Kaufman said.

This was Kaufman’s first absentee ballot. Kaufman said she will do this more often in the future.

“But, I was so surprised how easy and quick it was, so if I'm ever out of town, I'll make sure and do it again,” Kaufman said.

Lennon said it’s important for voters to check their polling location online before heading out to the polls on Tuesday.