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Crawford County finishes abortion question vote recount

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – Crawford County finishes its recount of votes for the constitutional amendment question on abortion.

Kansas on Tuesday began a partial hand recount of this month’s decisive statewide vote in favor of abortion rights.

Nine of the state’s 105 counties are doing the recount at the request of Melissa Leavitt, of Colby, in far northwestern Kansas, who has pushed for tighter election laws. A longtime anti-abortion activist, Mark Gietzen, of Wichita, is covering most of the costs.

A larger than expected turnout of voters on Aug. 2 rejected a ballot measure that would have removed protections for abortion rights from the Kansas Constitution. It failed by 18 percentage points, or 165,000 votes statewide.

It drew broad attention because it was the first state referendum on abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.

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Crawford County Recount on Abortion Question

The Crawford County Board of County Canvassers met this morning at 10:00 am. They canvassed ballots from the hand recount of the Constitutional Amendment Question from the August 2 Primary Election.

According to County Clerk Lisa Lusker, the final numbers for the Crawford County vote recount were:

  • Yes – 4,653
  • No – 5,847

The number of “No” votes increased by two in the recount. Lusker says the number of “Yes” votes did not change.

Harvey, Jefferson and Lyon counties are also done with their recounts. A few numbers changed, but not significantly.

>You can find recount results as they come in here.

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Missouri voters set to weigh in on recreational marijuana

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Missouri gathered enough signatures to make it on the November ballot, the secretary of state announced Tuesday.

Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft also said a proposal to allow ranked-choice voting failed to collect the roughly 170,000 voter signatures from six of the state’s eight congressional districts to get on the ballot.
If voters approve the constitutional amendment on marijuana, those age 21 and older could buy and grow it for personal consumption as early as this year.

Missouri voters approved medical marijuana use in 2018. Efforts to allow recreational marijuana use have failed to pass Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature for years, prompting advocates to go to voters for approval instead.

Recreational marijuana is already legal in 19 states, and legalization proposals are on the ballot this fall in South Dakota and Maryland. Supporters are also trying to get measures on the ballot in Arkansas, North Dakota and Oklahoma.
Backers of the Missouri ballot proposal are highlighting a provision that would erase past marijuana-related convictions for nonviolent offenders and those whose conviction didn’t include selling to minors or driving while high.

Local NAACP chapters, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, criminal defense lawyers and other civil rights advocacy groups endorsed automatic expungement, and it could broaden support for the initiative among Republican criminal justice advocates. Seven other states with legal recreational marijuana have also adopted automatic expungement policies.

Marijuana sales would be taxed at 6% under the Missouri measure. The tax is estimated to bring in more than $46 million during the first full year the amendment is in effect and close to $70 million the following year. Revenues would be earmarked for veterans’ homes, drug treatment programs and public defenders.

Cities and other municipalities could enact local sales taxes on recreational marijuana up to 3% or enact local bans on non-medical marijuana sales by a public vote.

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Joplin city officials talk next steps after Proposition Public Safety fails

JOPLIN, Mo. — The city of Joplin is considering its next steps, following the failure of Proposition Public Safety this week.

That proposal was to fund new wage scales for the police and fire departments through a property tax hike.

City manager Nick Edwards says listening and understanding to what voters want is the next step.

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Carthage School District Plans After Performing Arts Bond Fails

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Carthage School District is still looking for ways to fund a new performing arts center.  Even after the bond’s failure in the Missouri primary.

The bond proposal, a part of the August 2022 Missouri primary, for a new performing arts center did not pass.  The Superintendent Mark Baker said the remodel would include classrooms for the performing arts classes, and availability for the community.

The proposal was first introduced in May 2022. The bond asked for $18 million by extending the districts debt levy for two years in 2040.  However, it failed after 52.5% voted yes and 47.5% voted no.  The bond needed a four-sevenths vote, or 57% yes, to win.

Inflation is currently a concern for many Americans and Baker suspects it to be one of the main reasons for the bond’s failure.  “This was not a rebuke saying we do not wanna help the kids.” said Jasper County Clerk Charles Davis.  “At this present moment with the uncertainty there is, we don’t know what’s going to happen with the finances of the country.”

Superintendent Mark Baker has kept positive and understands the communities financial concerns.  Baker said, “We will continue to look at options regarding the performing arts center, and maybe some ways that we can get more support.”  Mark Baker feels the center is still needed but does not have set plans for the issue yet.

The next available time for the bond to be on a ballot is in April 2023.

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Proposition Public Safety fails to get majority vote

JOPLIN, Mo. –  Proposition Public Safety fails to get a simple majority vote in Joplin.

Final results out of Jasper and Newton Counties: 4,643 NO and 3,586 YES.

You can find the results of today’s election below. You can find other election results here.

PROPOSITION PUBLIC SAFETY

To improve funding for Joplin Police and Fire services through proposed property tax?

  • NO Winner
    56.4%


    4,643

  • YES  
    43.6%


    3,586

8,229
Last updated: August 3, 2022 1:34 PM 1:34 PM CDT

WHAT WAS PROPOSITION PUBLIC SAFETY?

Proposition Public Safety was a proposed property tax that would have funded improvements Joplin public safety officials say were needed to fix the Public Safety crisis that our community is facing right now.  The proposed property tax would have levied a $1 tax per $100 of ASSESSED value for real estate and personal property.

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Missouri AG Eric Schmitt beats Greitens in GOP Senate race

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has defeated scandal-scarred former Gov. Eric Greitens and 19 others in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Republican leaders have long feared that a Greitens win would jeopardize a red state Senate seat in the November general election. Greitens resigned four years ago in the midst of a sex scandal, two criminal charges that were eventually dropped amid a very real risk of impeachment. This year, his ex-wife accused him of abuse. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt’s announcement last year that he would not seek a third term set off a frenzy for his job, with nearly three dozen people in the two major parties filing to run.

You can find the results of today’s election below. You can find other election results here.

U.S. SENATOR

REPUBLICAN STATE OF MISSOURI

  • Vicky Hartzler  
    36.2%


    1,698

  • Eric Schmitt  
    33.5%


    1,571

  • Eric Greitens  
    15.1%


    709

  • Billy Long  
    6.2%


    291

  • Mark McCloskey  
    3.0%


    141

  • Patrick A. Lewis  
    1.1%


    51

  • Dave Schatz  
    0.9%


    43

  • Curtis D, Vaughn  
    0.5%


    24

  • Robert Allen  
    0.5%


    22

  • Darrell Leon McClanahan III  
    0.4%


    19

  • Dave Sims  
    0.4%


    20

  • Eric McElroy  
    0.3%


    15

  • Deshon Porter  
    0.3%


    14

  • Kevin C. Schepers  
    0.3%


    13

  • Rickey Joiner  
    0.3%


    12

  • Robert Olson  
    0.2%


    10

  • C.W. Gardner  
    0.2%


    10

  • Bernie Mowinski  
    0.2%


    9

  • Dennis Lee Chilton  
    0.1%


    7

  • Russel Pealer Breyfogle Jr  
    0.1%


    6

  • Hartford Tunnell  
    0.1%


    4

4,689
Last updated: August 2, 2022 8:09 PM 8:09 PM CDT

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Kansas Governor 2022 primary race election results

The Associated Press calls the Primary Races for Kansas Governor candidates. On the Republican side, the AP calls Derek Schmidt as the nominee. Laura Kelly wins the Democratic nomination for governor in Kansas primary election.

You can see the numbers as they come in below. You can find other election results here.

Republican

GOVERNOR/LT. GOVERNOR

REPUBLICAN KANSAS

  • Derek Schmidt/Katie Sawyer Winner
    77.7%


    93,429

  • Arlyn Briggs/Lance Berland  
    22.3%


    26,885

120,314
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

Democratic

GOVERNOR/LT. GOVERNOR

DEMOCRATIC KANSAS

  • Laura Kelly/D. Toland Winner
    94.8%


    189,822

  • Richard Karnowski/B. Franco  
    5.2%


    10,448

200,270
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

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Kansas primary voter turnout higher than past

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Registered Kansas voters took to the voting booths for the primary election.

The August 2, 2022,  Kansas Primary elections regarding the “Value Them Both” (HR 5003) amendment and electing representatives in the state are underway.  The “Value Them Both” amendment sparked after the overturning of Roe Versus Wade in the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2022.  This controversial decision has caused debate amongst the states. Kansas voters have the ability to voice their opinions on the amendment through private voting today.

The State of Kansas Secretary of State voter registration statistics show registration numbers have risen in the last month, since the Supreme Court decision in June 2022, by 7,325 voters in July 2022.

Rebecca Stephens, a Kansas voter, said, “I think it’s important that we get votes from all sides of the issues, because it’s just people saying what they truly believe is right.”  The amendment is bringing out voters, which is causing higher numbers for representatives.  “It’s important for people to voice their opinions on that,” said Nancy Ingle, Kansas registered voter. “Even City Commission, it’s not a partisan election, but you should be out supporting who you think will best represent you on the City Council.”

The State of Kansas Secretary of State primary election voter statistics show: 2016 had a 23.5% voter turnout; 2018 had 27.1% voter turnout; and 2020 had 34.2% voter turnout.

Marsha Wallace, a Pittsburg election worker, said, “It seems to me that this has been a much higher turn out for a primary election, more like a general election, so it’s interesting to me to see what the total count will be.”

You can find results to the proposition as they come in below. You can also find more Aug. 2, 2022, election results here.

 

U.S. SENATOR

REPUBLICAN KANSAS

  • Jerry Moran Winner
    79.9%


    60,131

  • Joan Farr  
    20.1%


    15,120

75,251
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

SECRETARY OF STATE

REPUBLICAN KANSAS

  • Scott J. Schwab  
    58.0%


    100,799

  • Mike Brown  
    42.0%


    72,954

173,753
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

GOVERNOR/LT. GOVERNOR

REPUBLICAN KANSAS

  • Derek Schmidt/Katie Sawyer Winner
    77.7%


    93,429

  • Arlyn Briggs/Lance Berland  
    22.3%


    26,885

120,314
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

ATTORNEY GENERAL

REPUBLICAN KANSAS

  • Kris Kobach  
    38.8%


    72,300

  • Kellie Warren  
    38.2%


    71,078

  • Tony Mativi  
    23.0%


    42,826

186,204
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

STATE TREASURER

REPUBLICAN KANSAS

  • Caryn Tyson  
    50.0%


    83,536

  • Steven Johnson  
    50.0%


    83,370

166,906
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

BOARD OF EDUCATION 9TH DISTRICT

REPUBLICAN KANSAS

  • Jim Porter  
    63.8%


    5,679

  • Luke Aichele  
    36.2%


    3,227

8,906
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

U.S. SENATE

DEMOCRAT KANSAS

  • Mark R. Holland Winner
    41.6%


    77,696

  • Patrick Wiesner  
    19.1%


    35,650

  • Paul Buskirk  
    18.8%


    35,167

  • Mike Andra  
    10.4%


    19,430

  • Robert Kingenberg  
    6.9%


    12,880

  • Michael Soeteart  
    3.2%


    6,055

186,878
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

KS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

The Value Them Both Amendment would affirm there is no KS constitutional right to abortion?

  • No  
    63.0%


    365,870

  • Yes  
    37.0%


    214,667

580,537

47.3% precincts reporting
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

GOVERNOR/LT. GOVERNOR

DEMOCRATIC KANSAS

  • Laura Kelly/D. Toland Winner
    94.8%


    189,822

  • Richard Karnowski/B. Franco  
    5.2%


    10,448

200,270
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

PRESIDING COMMISSIONER

REPUBLICAN BARTON COUNTY, MO

  • David W. Johnson Winner
    45.6%


    1,196

  • Judy I. Fast  
    20.4%


    535

  • Garry Garrett  
    13.6%


    357

  • Terry Thieman  
    10.9%


    287

  • Kim O’Sullivan  
    9.5%


    250

2,625
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

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Proposition Public Safety: hopes to hire and retain

JOPLIN, Mo. – Today, residents of Joplin will vote on a higher property tax to help the Joplin Police and Fire Departments retain officers and increase hiring.

KOAM’s Janna Hautala reports.

You can find results to the proposition as they come in below. You can also find more Aug. 2, 2022, election results here.

PRESIDING COMMISSIONER

REPUBLICAN JASPER COUNTY, MO

  • John Bartosh Winner
    57.3%


    8,682

  • Mike Robertson  
    42.7%


    6,470

15,152
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE DIVISION 6

REPUBLICAN JASPER COUNTY, MO

  • Luke Boyer Winner
    41.0%


    6,403

  • Sarah Luce Reeder  
    30.1%


    4,696

  • Nicole M. Carlton  
    28.9%


    4,513

15,612
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

COUNTY AUDITOR

REPUBLICAN JASPER COUNTY, MO

  • Sarah D. Hoover Winner
    65.9%


    10,080

  • Eugene (Gene) M. Mense III  
    34.1%


    5,205

15,285
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

CARTHAGE PERFORMING ARTS

Shall school issue bonds for $18mil for construction to adding a performing arts center?

  • YES  
    52.5%


    2,474

  • NO Winner
    47.5%


    2,238

4,712
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

PROPOSITION PUBLIC SAFETY

To improve funding for Joplin Police and Fire services through proposed property tax?

  • NO  
    55.5%


    3,694

  • YES  
    44.5%


    2,965

6,659
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

JOPLIN COMMITTEEMAN

REPUBLICAN JASPER COUNTY, MO

  • Richard (Preston) Rouse Winner
    66.2%


    208

  • Mark Strunk  
    33.8%


    106

314
Last updated: August 2, 2022 9:34 PM 9:34 PM CDT

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Missouri Election Poll: economy, abortion, police funding

KOAM is partnering with Gray TV in Missouri for a series of polls on a variety of topics ahead of the primary elections. The partnership gives KOAM the rights to exclusively share the poll results with viewers in our local 4-State market.

Today, July 30, 2022, the poll asks several questions related to the following topics:

  • Economy
  • Abortion
  • Marijuana and Police Funding

You can find a summary and full results of the SurveyUSA Election poll below.

>>Related > Find election resources for the 4-States at KOAMNewsNow.com/elections

>>Find other Missouri election polls here

About the Poll: SurveyUSA interviewed 2,400 Missouri adults online 07/24/22 through 07/27/22, using sample provided by Lucid Holdings LLC of New Orleans. The pool of adult survey respondents was weighted to US Census targets for gender, age, race, education, and home ownership.


Economy

If you can’t see the pdf below, click here.

Missouri Election Poll – economy

Abortion

If you can’t see the pdf below, click here.

Missouri Election Poll – abortion

Marijuana and Police Funding

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Missouri Election Poll – marijuna and police funding