Ethan Weston

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Defending Democracy
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Location: Columbia, Missouri
Nationality: American
Biography: Ethan Weston is a photographer currently based in Columbia, MO. His work focuses mainly on the human side of environmental issues facing the world today. Growing up Ethan would always use his mother’s camera to take photos of landscapes or... MORE
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Defending Democracy
Copyright Ethan Weston 2022
Updated Nov 2020
Location Columbia, MO
Topics Black and White, Documentary, Editorial, Essays, Fine Art, Photography, Photojournalism
The nearly full moon worked with the street lamps to light downtown Columbia early Tuesday morning. It was just before 4 a.m., and the parking lot of First Christian Church was nearly empty, except for one car. Brianna Lennon collected her things and got out — it was time for work.

It was not an average day, though. It was Election Day, and because Lennon is the Boone County Clerk, she’s responsible for the whole county’s election process.

“I just really enjoy the process of election administration and being a part of the core activity that keeps democracy working,” Lennon said.

Her office worked toward Tuesday’s election all year, refining its game plan with each round of elections — beginning in March before COVID-19 even reached Boone County, adding coronavirus protections for the June municipal elections and further improving things after the primaries in June.

“Really, this is something that, throughout the course of the year, all the decisions made along the way were made with the thought that this would culminate in a presidential election,” Lennon said.

But that sort of work is one of the things Lennon enjoys most about the job.

“I really like problem-solving,” she said. “I have always really loved elections. I did a few internships related to elections. I joined the Secretary of State’s Office in 2013. … I mean, I basically fell in love with elections and wanted to work with them at a more local level."


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