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Missouri Primary – August 7

Aug 6, 2012

The ballot for the August 7 primary election in Missouri is rather top heavy as there are plenty of contested races for federal and statewide office: U.S. Senator, Governor, Lt. Governor.

Most of the local races are uncontested, though, with the exception of two in Clark County.

Incumbent Roger Sedore (D) is being challenged for his seat as Western District Commissioner by Paul Brotherton (D) and Ed Knupp (D).

Larry Saxton (R) and Henry Dienst (R) will square off in the primary for the opportunity to face Eastern District Commissioner Jerry Neyens (D) in November.

Neyens is running unopposed in his primary.

There are no contested races at the local level in Lewis County, but there are several special ballot questions.

For starters, residents are being asked to decide whether a local law regarding rural fences should be established.

State law says if Neighbor A wants to build a fence, Neighbor B must only help pay for it if Neighbor B has livestock.

The proposal in Lewis County would require neighbors to split the cost of a fence, even if there is no livestock involved.

A local farmer collected the signatures needed to get the question on the ballot.  The Lewis County Board of Commissioners do not appear to be in support of the measure.

Lewis County’s ballots will also include questions asking voters to make two county-wide sales taxes permanent.

The first is a 3/8 of a penny tax that has funded road and bridge improvements since January 1989.

The tax generates $1,000/year and will expire in late 2016.

The other tax, which is also 3/8 of a penny, has helped pay for county government for more than two-decades.

Lewis County says it brings in $800/year and will come to an end in late 2014.

Meanwhile, Clark County wants a four-year-extension of a property tax levy that helps fund road improvements.  The rate would remain $0.35/$100 of assessed valuation.

The polls will be open from 6:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is projecting a nearly 26% voter turnout.  Results will be updated throughout the night on the SOS’s website.