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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • County Comes Out for Primary Election

  • A whopping 28.77 percent of Linn County’s registered voters took part in yesterday’s Primary Election. Many local races were finalized, if not outright decided, in the Primary Election. Those that were not finalized will be decided in November, in the General Election.
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  • A whopping 28.77 percent of Linn County’s registered voters took part in yesterday’s Primary Election. Many local races were finalized, if not outright decided, in the Primary Election. Those that were not finalized will be decided in November, in the General Election.
    Looking at the overall totals in Linn County, there were 2,483 total ballots cast, with 52 (2.09 percent) non-partisan, 882 Democrat (35.56 percent), 1526 Republican (61.46 percent), 11 Libertarian (0.44 percent), and 11 Constitution (0.44 percent).
    Constutional Amendments
    Amendment 1, referred to as the Right to Farm Amendment, won overwhelming support in Linn County; there were 1486 ‘yes’ votes (60.50 percent) and 970 (39.50 percent) ‘no’ votes. Statewide, the issue passed by a small margin. There were 498,751 (50.127 percent) ‘yes’ votes, and 496,223 (49.873 percent) ‘no’ votes.
    Amendment 5, which covered the right to bear arms, passed by a large margin locally as well. A total of 1,806 (74.32 percent) voted ‘yes,’ while 624 (25.68 percent) voted ‘no.’ Statewide, the issue passed by a larger margin. There were 602,076 (60.97 percent) ‘yes’ votes, and 385,422 (39.03 percent) ‘no’ votes.
    Amendment 7, which sought to establish a temporary transportation tax, was a virtual coin-flip locally. The measure passed in Linn County with 1,257 (51.50 percent) voting ‘yes,’ and 1184 (48.50 percent) voting ‘no.’ Statewide,  the issue failed. There were 407,532 (40.815 percent) ‘yes’ votes, and 590,693 (59.185 percent) ‘no’ votes.
    Amendment 8, the Veteran’s Lottery Ticket, failed locally by a slim margin. There were 1,111 (46.10 percent) ‘yes’ votes, and 1299 (53.90 percent) ‘no’ votes. Statewide, this issue failed. There were 440,369 (44.984 percent) ‘yes’ votes, and 538,575 (55.016 percent) ‘no’ votes.
    Amendment 9, the data privacy amendment, passed by a large margin locally. A total of 1,836 (80 percent) voted ‘yes,’ while 459 (20 percent) voted no. Statewide, this issue passed by a large margin. There were 728.549 (74.756 percent) ‘yes’ votes, and 246,020 (25.244 percent) ‘no’ votes.
    County Races
    Scot T. Othic (D) received 693 votes in his unopposed race for Associate Circuit Judge. Mary Enyart (D) received 700 votes in her unopposed bid for Circuit Clerk. Loretta Brookshier (D) received 728 votes in her unopposed run for Recorder of Deeds. Tracy Carlson (D) received 637 votes in his unopposed run for Prosecuting Attorney.
    Looking at the race for County Clerk: Anna Barker (D) received 709 votes; Suzan Stephenson (R) received 1,181 votes. Looking at the race for Presiding Commissioner: Don Fuhrhop (D) received 619 votes; incumbent Dick King (R) received 1238 votes. These pairings will do battle in November for their respective positions.

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