County Clerk Says Voter Turnout Typically Low; Election Could Be Jasper county’s Costliest

County Clerk Says Voter Turnout Typically Low; Election Could Be Jasper county’s Costliest
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Today’s primary election could be the most costly one yet for Jasper County. On this election day Missouri voters are deciding constitutional amendments, judgeships and spending on capitol improvements in Joplin.
But no surprise to County Clerk B onnie Earl, turnout is light. Typically in August the percentage of voters at the polls is about twenty percent. She says voter turnout is on track to top that, possibly reaching twenty-three percent. Something Earl calls pathetic. There are no long lines during this election. Just a steady arrival of a few voters at a time. But the same number of poll workers need to be available. And Earl says she’ll likely have to throw ballots out in an election that will cost more than $100 thousand dollars..

Earl says,” This will probably be one of the most expensive elections we’ve ever had. The legislature didn’t get the bills and all of the of the information ready for the elections staff so all the printers were behind in getting them printed and they charged extra.”

Earl says the state reimburses the county about twenty-two thousand dollars for ballot printing but that leaves seventy-two thousand for the county to pay and doesn’t include the cost of workers, equipment maintenance and other expenses.