Buchanan Co. Clerk Pushing to Register Voters for August Primary

Published 06/25 2014 12:26PM

Updated 06/25 2014 12:32PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The Buchanan County Clerk kicked off an effort on Wednesday to register voters for the August Primary.

Workers set up a registration table at Hy-Vee in St. Joseph.

County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey is trying to make the process easier by bringing registration to voters.

St. Joseph and Buchanan County voters will have several issues to decide in the primary.

The republican race for Buchanan County presiding commissioner and the democratic race the Div. 6 Associate Circuit Judge seat are two races voters will have the final say on in August.

Statewide, voters will decide the fate of a proposed transportation sales tax, a constitutional amendment dealing with electronic privacy protections and another proposed constitutional amendment that would enhance the right to bear arms.

Baack-Garvey hopes the registration drive will get more people out to vote in August.

Voter turnout in the 2012 primary was only 25 percent.

"Sure we can have a lot of registered voters but then how do we get them to vote? Cause we'd love to see a turnout higher than 30 percent in an August primary but that's up to the voter," she said.

The clerk's office will hold another voter registration drive on July, 9 at Hy-Vee from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The primary will be held August 5.

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