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April Ballot More than Just Smoking Ban

Voters in Buchanan County will have a lot to vote on come April 8th, the next election for St. Joseph voters.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The next election is just 47 days away.

The proposed smoking ban has grabbed a lot of attention, but there are also several leadership positions up for grabs in Buchanan County.

Mayor Bill Falkner is running for re-election, but is now unopposed after Ben Burtnett dropped out of the race last week.

All of the city council seats are up for grabs. PJ Kovac and Gary Roach are running unopposed, but the rest of the races are contested, including six candidates running for the three at-large council seats.
  
There are also two spots available for the St. Joseph School Board.
  
For those living in the county outside of St. Joseph, the Mid-Buchanan School District has a bond issue.

Other smaller communities have their own ballots.

"We have preparations to do," said Mary Baack-Garvey, the Buchanan County Clerk. "We have to get supplies ready, the machines ready, we have to test everything, we have to get ballots delivered. It's an ongoing process. An election doesn't just happen on election day."

There are also some important dates to remember as well with this election. Candidates had until January 25 to file. The deadline to register to vote is March 12. Absentee ballots are available starting February 25th and voters have until the day before the election to turn those in.

Baack-Garvey expects a turnout of nearly 60 percent for this upcoming election.

Her staff is finalizing the ballots and they're working on mailers to send to voters.


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