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Voter Turnout Was Low in Greene County for Tuesday's Election

Voters across the Ozarks cast ballots Tuesday in municipal elections. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports on the results for Greene County.

Greene County saw a relatively low voter turnout Tuesday with only about 11 percent of registered voters showing up at the polls. Richard Struckhoff is the clerk for Greene County.

“It all depends on what’s on the ballot. The ballot is what drives turnout and we found out with E-Verify and the primary that we had that only drew about 14 percent. We figured that the 1/8 cent sales tax probably would not pull as many people as the E-Verify did in the city of Springfield”, says Struckhoff.

The countywide 1/8 cent sales tax increase for law enforcement passed handily with more than 67% of the vote.

As for other results...Andy Hosmer, Kris Callen and Bruce Renner all won re-election to the Springfield School Board.

Voters in the Republic and Fair Grove School Districts gave approval to float bonds so the districts can complete capital projects.

The Marion C. Early School District also won approval of its bond issue for facilities upgrades.

The city of Battlefield’s sales tax will go up half a cent to help pay for law enforcement needs in that community.

Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff says he expects to see better voter turnout June 5th when Springfield voters will decide whether to keep a ban on smoking in indoor public places.

For KSMU News I’m Matthew Barnes.