COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Tuesday's primary election will be the first time voters will see the new U.S. congressional districts reflected on their ballots.
Missouri lawmakers passed new congressional districts in May. The new districts for the U.S. House of Representatives split Boone County and Columbia between the Third and Fourth districts. The maps went into effect as soon as Gov. Mike Parson signed them, and the Aug. 2 primary election will be the first election using them.
Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon said the new districts will not affect where people can vote -- the only difference will be the names on people's ballots.
"They can go on our website and they can look up where their new district is and they can also look at their sample ballot so that they can be ready for tomorrow," Lennon said. "Really a lot of it is just awareness that redistricting happened this spring."
Voters in the Fourth district will be choosing Rep. Vicky Hartzler's successor as she's running for U.S. Senate this year. You can find interviews with candidates in ABC 17's election previews.
Voter turnout is expected to be fairly normal in comparison to past primary elections, according to Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft.
"It's expected to be pathetic. It's expected to be 30 maybe 35 percent," Ashcroft said. "That's a guess. If that's true, that means 70 to 65 percent of the people that were registered didn't participate. I really hope that the people of that state will prove me wrong."
Boone County residents can find their polling locations on the county clerk's website or go to one of the three central polling locations: the Boone County Government Center, Friendship Baptist Church or Woodcrest Chapel.