Officials expect generally low turnout for spring elections | Local News

Election officials in Jasper and Newton counties expect normal turnouts in Tuesday’s election.

Jasper County Clerk Charlie Davis said the equipment has been installed and is ready for use at all 46 polling places in the county. He expects a participation rate of 10 to 14%.

“Historically, the April election gives us about 10%,” Davis said. “But in years where schools or cities have contested races or tax issues on the ballot, we’ve seen 12 to 14 percent.”

That’s the case for the county’s largest city: Joplin voters will decide between multiple city council candidates, multiple school board candidates and a tax issue for the Memorial Hall renovation.

Webb City voters will also decide on a school bond issue and a mayoral race. Voters in Carthage and Carl Junction will also have decisions to make regarding council and school board nominees.

Newton County expects lower turnout, Newton County Clerk Tami Owens said, despite two Joplin precincts and two ballots and races for two Neosho City Council seats. In both counties, the city of Springs joins Jasper, Sarcoxie, Granby and Fairview in asking voters to pay a use tax on purchases made from out-of-state vendors such as Amazon.

In Newton County, a major ward will change location: Neosho 1, whose voters traditionally vote at Neosho High School, will instead vote at Hillcrest Church of Christ, located just south of the high school at 1037 W. South St. .

“Due to construction at the high school, parking is limited,” Owens said. “Because this build won’t be finished for at least a year, we’ve made it a permanent change.”

Voting begins at 6 a.m. and continues until 7 p.m. Voters will have to present an identity document; Acceptable ID includes county-issued registration card, Missouri-issued driver’s license, passport, ID from a college, university, or technical school in the Missouri or a current utility bill or bank statement. Provisional ballots are also available. A full list is available at

In Oklahoma, voters in the Quapaw School District will decide on a $3.5 million bond issue, and those in Commerce will vote on a proposal to raise the local sales tax from 3 cents to 5 cents per dollar.