Light Turnout Reported at Boone County Polling Places Tuesday | KBIA

Light Turnout Reported at Boone County Polling Places Tuesday

Apr 6, 2021

Voters across Columbia and Boone County were heading to the polls Tuesday to choose representatives for school boards, City Councils and town boards.

In Columbia, voters in the Second and Sixth wards were casting ballots for City Council seats.

In the Second Ward, Bill Weitkemper, Jim Meyer and Andrea Waner are competing to replace Mike Trapp, who chose not to seek election to a fourth three-year term.

In the Sixth Ward, incumbent Betsy Peters is seeking a third term and faces challenges from Randy Minchew and Philip Merriman.

There are five people seeking one of two three-year terms on the Columbia School Board. They are incumbent Teresa Maledy and newcomers Luke Neal, Aron Saylor, Katherine Sasser and Jeanne Snodgrass.

A special election to replace Kip Kendrick as 45th District state representative is also on the ballot. The candidates are Democrat David Tyson Smith and Libertarian Glenn Nielsen.

The Boone County Fire Protection District is seeking voter approval of a $6 million bond issue that would pay for new firefighting equipment, upgrades to fire stations and land and architectural designs for two replacement stations.

The Southern Boone County School District also is seeking approval of a $7 million bond issue.

The Missourian sent reporters to several polling places on Tuesday morning to see what voters had to say about the election. Turnout appeared to be light but steady. Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon said in a tweet that 7% of registered voters had cast ballots as of 1 p.m. That includes those who cast absentee ballots.