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Election draws average turnout

Despite occasional thunderstorms and a number of precincts in the county closed due to having no issues on the ballot, many voters still came out Tuesday to have their say about city government, school boards and bond issues.

Out of 22,727 registered voters in the county, 2,213 ballots were cast in the municipal election, making for a voter turnout of 9.74 percent.

“The election went real well today considering we didn’t have anybody (contested) on the ballot for the Farmington School District,” said St. Francois County Clerk Mark Hedrick. “We had people come in to vote, but of course they didn’t have anything to vote on. North County School District was the same thing. People came in to vote, but they didn’t have anything to vote on.

“Otherwise, everything went good. Some of the areas were really, really slow. Other areas were up quite a bit — like the Park Hills area and Bismarck area. They had pretty good issues on the ballot, so they had what I’d consider to be a good turnout for an April election.”

According to Hedrick, voter turnout of around 10 percent is normal for municipal elections in St. Francois County.

“The ones that had something on the ballot pulled everybody up,” he said. “I don’t think the weather had any effect at all. It looks to me that everybody got out to vote that wanted to vote.”

Hedrick was pleased with the work of his office staff.

“They do a good job,” he said. “It’s a long day. They got started at 5 o’clock this morning and are just now getting done (at 8:30 p.m.). And the poll workers — you can’t do it without the poll workers. I know it was a long day for some of them. I know a couple of them only had two people come in the whole day.”

Tuesday was a milestone for Hedrick who is not running for re-election after serving many years. It was his last municipal election to oversee as county clerk.

“I still have two more elections to go, but this is the last municipal election for me,” he said.

Poll workers at the National Guard Armory in Farmington had a light crowd Tuesday morning. The voter turnout in St. Francois County was 9.74 percent. 

Poll workers at the National Guard Armory in Farmington had a light crowd Tuesday morning. The voter turnout in St. Francois County was 9.74 percent. 

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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