Clay County voters have rejected a change in their governance structure. It was the third failed attempt to take much of the politics out of county government.
The Clay County Election Commission reports a 16 percent voter turnout, with the measure being defeated by some 6,200 votes. There were 15,200 'no' votes from Clay County residents. Nine thousand voted 'yes.'
Voters earlier approved creating a panel of seven Republicans and seven Democrats to design a constitutional form of governing.