Missourians defeated Proposition A by a 2-1 margin in Tuesday’s primary election.
In Boone County, the ballot box was more active than usual, with just over 37,000 of the county’s 100,000 registered voters going to the polls.
The higher-than-expected number of voters brought about some problems for the Boone County Clerk’s office. Complaints about polling places running out of paper ballots were compounded with a software glitch that kept election officials providing any result, other than early balloting, before 9:40 p.m. – more than 2.5 hours after the polls closed.
“Sorry for the delay,” Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks wrote on social media, “absentee totals were not adding to election day votes in our first wave of results. We’ve identified the issue with (our election software company) and results are coming shortly.”
Josh Hawley and Claire McCaskill easily won their primaries – Hawley had 8,449 Boone County votes and McCaskill had 17,792 county votes. The two will face off in a November election that will be in the national spotlight.
In the area’s congressional race, incumbent Vicky Hartzler had 10,217 votes and Renee Hoagenson won a close primary race with Hallie Thompson, getting 10,919 votes to Thompson’s 8,020 votes. Hoagenson will face Hartzler in the November elections.
In the race for State Representative, District 50, both incumbent Sara Walsh-R, Ashland and her Democratic challenger Michela Skelton were unchallenged in the primary. They will face off in the November election.
Going down to defeat around the state, Prop A – the ‘Right to Work’ law signed by former Gov. Eric Greitens – was defeated in Boone County as well with 24,060 No votes and 12,957 Yes votes.