The Jackson County Election Board is gearing up for the upcoming midterm election next Tuesday.
This year, the lengthy ballot includes questions concerning medical marijuana, a state gas tax increase and redistricting amendment Clean Missouri. Incumbent and Democrat Claire McCaskill faces Republican Josh Hawley in a high-profile U.S. Senate race. Those in the Kansas City Library District, which contains portions of Independence and Sugar Creek, will vote on whether to provide more library funding. Citizens will also weigh in on seven suggested changes to the Jackson County Charter.
According to Jackson County Election Board co-chair Tammy Brown, these questions and others are expected to drive increased voter turnout. Normally, midterm elections see a participation rate of between 20 percent and 30 percent. However, Brown predicted a potential turnout of 50 percent, detailing that the board has ordered 90 percent of the ballots this year.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. An election judge will be stationed at the end of the line at 7 p.m., so those in line at that time will be allowed to vote. To find their polling place, registered voters can visit jcebmo.org/current-notices/.
Voters can also print a sample ballot using the same web address. In fact, Brown recommends that voters print and fill out a ballot and bring it into their polling place. Brown said voters can bring whatever source of information they want into ballot box, but cannot talk through their decisions on the phone while voting.
“If people are prepared, the process will take five to 10 minutes,” Brown said. “If they have no idea what they’re voting on, it will take 20 to 40 minutes.”