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.
The ballot issues Tuesday were on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area, including the largest tax increase in Jackson County in more than two decades. Voter turnout was, as expected, light.
The results below are unofficial until certified.
Here are the latest numbers:
Blue Springs, Mo. Parks Sales Tax: In Blue Springs, voters defeated a permanent half-cent sales tax that would have raised $3 million a year for parks-related projects, including community recreation centers.
A proposed half-cent sales tax would raise $800 million over the next 20 years to be divided among Children’s Mercy Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
Kansas City, Missouri – Several thousand Southern Sudanese immigrants in and around Kansas City are trying desperately to take part part in a referendum next month half way across the world. Sudanese will vote on whether Southern Sudan will break away and become its own nation.
The country's Muslim majority in the North has waged war on the indigenous and Christian minorities in the South for years.
Millions have been killed, or left the country as refugees.
Kansas City, Missouri – As the election week comes to a close, experts and analysts are just beginning the process of sorting through the data from a season that changed the political landscape in the country.
In Missouri and Kansas, the statehouses added to their Republican majorities, mirroring a national trend. The National Conference of State Legislators reports that a dozen states saw their legislatures flip from Democratic to Republican. Hundreds of Republicans got elected.
St. Louis, MO – One question that Democrats in Missouri are asking themselves today -- how did U-S Senate candidate Robin Carnahan lose so badly to Republican Roy Blunt Tuesday? St. Louis Public Radio's Bill Raack reports.
Blunt beat Carnahan by 14 points in the race to replace retiring Senator Kit Bond. University of Missouri-St. Louis professor David Robertson says Carnahan's loss may have been due largely to her family.