Mary Beth Erickson, director of elections for
Platte County, says she is expecting a 70% voter
turnout at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Erickson explained that she came up with that
figure due to the absentee voter count being very
high this election year.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 2,717 absentee ballots
had been cast. That number is over the November
2000 election, and we still have four days left
to the election, said Erickson.
The election board is averaging 100-150 absentee
ballots being cast per day.
I believe the numbers are so high because
of the high interest in this years election.
Not only on a federal level, but also on a state
and local level, said Erickson. If
people are going out of town, or are ill or disabled
they are making sure they get their ballots in.
Erickson stated that at the last general election
in 2000, voter turnout for Platte County was 63%.
Local races that will be featured on Tuesdays
ballot is the District 1 Commissioner seat between
Tom Pryor and Pauli Kendrick, 2nd District Commissioner
seat between James Plunkett and Gary Dugger, Jason
Brown vs. Meg Harding for state representative,
Terry Edwards vs. Charlie Dickman for public administrator,
Lisa Pope vs. Larry Gardner for assessor, and
Bonnie Brown vs. Chris Dalton for treasurer.
Question One will ask voters to approve a retail
sales tax of one-fourth of one cent be levied
in Kansas and Missouri metropolitan counties for
improvements to Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadium,
and arts and culture facilities, activities, and
Voters will also be asked to approve Constitutional
Amendment Number 3 asking that all revenues from
the existing motor vehicle fuel tax be used only
for state and local highways, roads and bridges.
Many features on candidates can be found in this
issue of The Landmark. For more features on candidates
and other election coverage, go to The Landmark's
web site at www.plattecountylandmark.com