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County officials disappointed with voter turnout

Friday, August 8, 2008

CHARLESTON -- Disinterest in the political process is a growing concern in Mississippi County.

County commissioners accepted the official results of Tuesday's primary election during their regular meeting Thursday.

Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said the county's election turnout of 39 percent was not as good as he would have liked to see.

Asked by Blumenberg what kind of turnout he thought the November election would get, County Clerk Junior DeLay said: "Normally a presidential election should get 50 percent or better."

But, DeLay added, "It gets lower all the time."

Blumenberg said he thinks election turnouts will continue to drop as older voters die.

Losing older citizens is also a concern when it comes to election judges, DeLay said.

"They're probably harder to get all the time," Blumenberg said.

DeLay said in some voting precincts like Charleston Rural he is already "hard pressed" to get a replacement election judge if one cancels.

In other business Thursday:

* Commissioners discussed progress on this year's blacktopping program.

"The main blacktopping is through," Blumenberg said.

He said the county still needs to do some patching on Hurley Road along with putting down sealing oil on various roads throughout the county.

Commissioner Homer Oliver confirmed that Bertrand officials do want the county to seal their city's roads and bill them.

* County resident Keith Edwards met with commissioners to request help from the county in draining a corner of the Oliver Subdivision that will not be helped by Missouri Department of Transportation drainage work alongside Highway 80.

Blumenberg said Richard Wallace, county road and bridge superintendent, will look at possibly cutting a small ditch to improve drainage there.

* Nearly all the of the herbicide spraying is complete on both ends of the county, according to Blumenberg, although there are some areas that were mowed and need to be resprayed.