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Tuesday elections for county-wide offices

Angie Talken
atalken@chillicothenews.com
Linn County Leader

Area residents will be heading to the polls tomorrow, Aug. 4 for the Primary Election.

Issues before voters include a statewide issue that would amend the Missouri Constitution and several local races for county-wide offices.

Those running for District 1 Commissioner include Jim Hargadine, Republican; Glen Murrain, Republican; Shawn J. Sayre, Republican; and Jeff Hill, Democrat.

Josh Muck, Republican; and Dennis VanDyke, Democrat; are running for District 2 Commissioner.

Jeff Henke, Republican, is seeking to be reelected as Linn County Sheriff.

Brittanie M. Palmer is the only candidate for assessor and Renee B. McKenzie is the only candidate for collector/treasurer.

Colby Baker is running for public administrator in an uncontested race.

Kjersten B. Parn, Republican; Dean Fouquet, Republican; and Roger Rhodes, Democrat, are candidates for Linn County Coroner.

Linn County voters will also vote in the primary election for candidates for statewide offices on Tuesday, including the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general, U.S. Representative - District 6, Missouri State Representative District 7.

Statewide voters are also being asked to decide if they wish to amend the Missouri Constitution in regards to Medicaid Expansion for Missourians who meet age and income guidelines. According to the Missouri secretary of state’s website, that question will appear on the ballot with the following official ballot title and language:

“Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to: adopt Medicaid Expansion for persons 19 to 64 years old with an income level at or below 133% of the federal poverty level, as set forth in the Affordable Care Act;

prohibit placing greater or additional burdens on eligibility or enrollment standards, methodologies or practices on persons covered under Medicaid Expansion than on any other population eligible for Medicaid; and

require state agencies to take all actions necessary to maximize federal financial participation in funding medical assistance under Medicaid Expansion?

State government entities are estimated to have one-time costs of approximately $6.4 million and an unknown annual net fiscal impact by 2026 ranging from increased costs of at least $200 million to savings of $1 billion. Local governments expect costs to decrease by an unknown amount.

Fair Ballot Language:

A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to adopt Medicaid Expansion for persons 19 to 64 years old with an income level at or below 133% of the federal poverty level, as set forth in the Affordable Care Act. Currently, Medicaid eligibility is set forth in state statute, but this amendment adds Medicaid Expansion to our constitution. This amendment prohibits placing greater or additional burdens on eligibility or enrollment standards, methodologies or practices on persons covered under Medicaid Expansion than on any other population eligible for Medicaid. The amendment requires state agencies to take all actions necessary to maximize federal financial participation in funding medical assistance under Medicaid Expansion. Federal law requires states to fund a portion of the program in order to receive federal funding (state match). This amendment does not provide new state funding or specify existing funding sources for the required state match.

A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to adopt Medicaid Expansion.

If passed, this measure has no direct impact on taxes.”

Linn County Clerk Suzan Stephenson said it is hard to predict voter turnout for Tuesday’s elections.

“Due to the unprecedented times it is very hard to predict voter turnout, but I estimate a 35 percent voter turnout,” she said.

Stephenson, employees of the county clerk’s office and poll workers are working hard to ensure proper cleaning and sanitation is done frequently at the polling places. Voting booths are set up to allow for social distancing, spaces are cleaned regularly and hand sanitizer is available.