Primary voting begins at 6 a.m. Tuesday

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

16 precincts to welcome voters for county, state, national positions

Sixteen precincts in Barry County will welcome thousands of voters on Tuesday, aiming to cast their party's picks for numerous county, state and national seats.

Gary Youngblood, Barry County clerk, said polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, and voters should be aware they must pick a party ballot, Republican or Democratic.

"Every primary election, people forget you have to choose a party ballot, and that's not our decision," he said. "That's the law."

Youngblood said there's no way to specifically track the busiest times at the polls, but he suspects mornings will be busier than afternoons.

"If I were to guess, I'd say mid-morning is probably the busiest because it's a cooler part of the day," he said.

Youngblood expects about 25-30 percent turnout on Tuesday, with local races driving the interest.

Seven individuals -- six Republicans and one Democrat -- filed for the top law enforcement post in the county. Those who filed include: former Missouri State Highway Patrolman Travis Hilburn, R-Cassville; Cassville Police Detective Danny Boyd, R-Purdy; former Barry County deputy and current Cassville Police Officer James A. Smith, R-Aurora; Cassville Police Officer and former Exeter officer Justin Fohn, R-Cassville; Barry County Lt. Terry Meek, R-Washburn; former FBI Agent Gary Davis, R-Cassville; and Barry County Deputy Justin Ruark, D-Cassvile.

The Republican candidates will square off in the Aug. 2 primary, with the winner facing the Democrat Ruark in the Nov. 8 general election.

On the Barry County Commission, Wayne Hendrix, D-Cassville, incumbent Barry County southern commissioner, is being challenged by Matt Cupps, R-Shell Knob. The two candidates will meet in the November general election.

For public administrator in Barry County, Andy Reavis, R-Cassville; Rodney Hughes, R-Cassville; and Keith Daniels, R-Exeter, all filed. Cindy Carr, R-Cassville, has withdrawn from the race.

Also running unopposed are incumbent Assessor Sherry Sears, R-Cassville, and incumbent Coroner Jim Fohn.

In state contested races, four Republicans have filed for governor, and three filed for lieutenant governor. Three filed for secretary of state, and two for attorney general. Nationally, eight Republicans have filed for District 7 U.S. Representative, and four have filed for the U.S. Senate.

On the Democratic ticket, four are seeking the governorship, three filed for lieutenant governor, three filed for secretary of state, two are seeking the treasurer post and two filed for attorney general. Nationally, four filed for U.S. Senator, and three are seeking the District 7 U.S. Representative seat.

A full listing of the candidates may be found on the sample ballots on page 15A of this week's Cassville Democrat.

Youngblood said in 2012, there were 400 absentee ballots cast for the primary, and so far, he has received about 150 this year.

"We've still got a week, then the Saturday and Monday before the election," he said. "I think a lot of people have not decided yet, so that may be a reason why numbers are a little low. I thought we'd be a lot busier than we are."

At the 16 polling places in Barry County, Youngblood said it takes 68 election judges to make operations run smoothly. Six are stationed at the Monett City and Shell Knob locations, and four are stationed at each of the other 14 polling places.

Youngblood also said the county pays 100 percent of the cost of the election, minus political subdivisions that submit ballot issues, such as Purdy's bond issue and Monett's title tax issue in this election.

"This election costs about $30,000," he said. "The general may be a little bit less because it's only one ballot."

Polling places include the following:

* Butterfield/McDonald: Butterfield Community Building, Bus. 37 and Hwy. U, Butterfield

* Cassville-City: Family Life Center, 200 E. 5th Street, Cassville

* Cassville-Rural/Mineral: Courthouse, 700 Main Street, Cassville

* Exeter: Exeter Fire Station, 401 E. Commercial St., Exeter

* Golden: Golden Community Building, 28578 St. Hwy. J, Golden

* Jenkins: Jenkins Fire Building, 25180 St. Hwy. 248, Jenkins

* Kings Prairie/Pleasant Ridge: New Liberty Methodist Church, 11708 St Hwy. Z, Monett

* Monett-City: Monett City Park Casino, 101 South Lincoln, Monett

* Monett Rural/Capps Creek-Merged: Church of the Nazarene, 2142 St. Hwy. 37, Monett

* Ozark/Crane Creek-Merged: Madry Christian Union Building, 3814 St. Hwy. 39, Aurora

* Purdy/McDowell: Purdy Community Building, Hwy. C & 4th Street, Purdy

* Roaring River: Eagle Rock Community Building, 27824 St. Hwy. 86, Eagle Rock

* Seligman: Seligman Community Center, 29144 Main St., Seligman

* Shell Knob: Central Crossing Fire Dept. Hdqt., 23463 St. Hwy. 39, Shell Knob

* Washburn/Ash-Merged: Washburn First Baptist Act. Center, 618 2nd St., Washburn

* Wheaton: Wheaton Community Building, 117 Allman, Wheaton

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