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ELECTION DAY UPDATES: Women win both seats on Jefferson City Board of Education


The women took the Jefferson City Board of Education race Tuesday.

Erika Leonard and Anne Bloemke-Warren won the four-way race with 4,397 and 3,388 votes, respectively. Jack Deeken defeated Jacob Robinett to take the First Ward seat on the Jefferson City Council. Erin Wiseman won the Third Ward seat over Bob Scrivner.

Voters in Jefferson City also overwhelmingly approved a bond issue to revamp the sewer system. The yes votes counted for 85% of ballots cast.

John Weber and Glenn Reynolds won seats on the Blair Oaks School Board.

Complete election results are available here.

Cole County machine problems delay vote count

A mechanical issue is delaying Cole County's vote counting, county clerk's office officials said.

The office released a vote tally update with 28 of 29 precincts just before 10 p.m. Officials said three races were affected and they were nearing a fix a little after 10 p.m.

With 23 of 24 precincts in, Anne Bloemke-Warren and Erika Leonard were in the lead in the Jefferson City Board of Education race. Including results from Callaway County, Bloemke-Warren had 3,171 votes, Erika Leonard had 4,075 votes, Marc Ellinger had 2,763 votes and Adam Wesley Gresham had 3,054 votes.

Jack Deeken won Ward 1 Jefferson City councilman over Jacob Robinett and Erin Wiseman won the Ward 3 seat over Bob Scrivener. All precincts in those races were reporting. A Jefferson

A Cole County R-V School District bond issue passed with 86% of the vote.

Complete election results are available here.

Columbia Third Ward tied, Buffaloe wins mayor

Columbia Third Ward won't know Tuesday night who will represent them on the city council going forward.

Longtime incumbent Karl Skala tied Roy Lovelady with 1,102 votes apiece. Military ballots are yet to be counted, so it's not clear how they might influence the race.

Nick Foster won the Fourth Ward race, defeating Erica Oefferman by more than 1,000 votes.

Barbara Buffaloe won the Columbia mayoral race, defeating Randy Minchew 8,528 to 7,728. Buffaloe will replace Mayor Brian Treece.

Complete election results are available here.

Foster wins Columbia Ward 4 seat; winners apparent in school board race

With all 11 precincts in Columbia's Fourth Ward reporting, Nick Foster will take the city council seat being vacated by Ian Thomas.

Foster took 3,564 votes to Erica Pefferman's 2,142. Suzette Waters and incumbent Blake Willoughby appeared set to win seats on the Columbia Board of Education, with a margin of nearly 2,000 votes separating second and third place in the race with 36 or 38 precincts reporting.

Use taxes on online purchases in Boone County and Columbia were also set to win approval Tuesday night, as was an $80 million bond issue for Columbia Public Schools. A use tax question in Ashland failed.

A Southern Boone School District bond issue to upgrade facilities was easily approved and Crystal Branch and Barrett Glascock easily won seats on the school board.

Complete election results are available here.

Some area counties reporting complete results

Several Mid-Missouri counties have completed their vote counts in the April election.

Full results are in for Audrain, Cooper, Howard and Miller counties. ABC 17 News is posting the results on its comprehensive election results page. Five tax and bond issues for schools and a fire district won approval in Cooper County.

Leaders widen margin in Columbia Board of Education race

The leaders in Columbia's Board of Education race are widening their lead as more votes are counted.

Suzette Water and incumbent Blake Willoughby had 8,014 and 7,189 votes, respectively, with about half of the county's precincts reporting. Andrew Lisenby was in third with 5,471 votes and Adam Burks was last with 4,852.

An $80 million bond issue for Columbia Public Schools appeared on its way to easily win the four-seventh majority needed for passage with 23 of 38 precincts reporting -- yes votes were 11,084 to 3,195 no votes.

Randy Minchew and Barbara Buffaloe were locked in a tight race for mayor with 22 of 34 precincts reporting. Buffaloe had 6,064 votes compared to Minchew's 4,769. In Columbia's Ward 3, incumbent Karl Skala held a narrow 526-506 lead with four of seven precincts reporting.

In the Fourth Ward race, Nick Foster held a commanding lead over Erica Pefferman, 2,360 to 1,036 with eight of 11 precincts reporting.

Complete results are available here.

Three votes separate Fulton School Board winners

The top two candidates in the Fulton Board of Education race were separated by just three votes.

Andy Bonderer took the top spot in the three-candidate field with 424 votes, with Scott Lowe coming in second with 421. Tyler Steffens drew 274 votes. Two candidates will be elected to the board.

Tax levy questions to fund the Holts Summit and North Callaway fire protection districts also passed. Landon Oxley was elected as mayor of Holts Summit.

See a complete list of current results here.

Use taxes doing well in Boone County

With less than a third of Boone County's precincts reporting, a countywide use tax on some online sales is leading 4,748-3,381.

Columbia's use tax was also enjoying a large lead of 4,377 to 3,100.

Suzette Waters and Blake Willoughby have maintained their leads in the race for Columbia Board of Education, with Andrea Lisenby and Adam Burks trailing. And the $80 million bond issue for Columbia Public Schools was well on its way to passing.

In the Columbia mayoral race, Barbara Buffaloe retained lead over Randy Minchew as votes continued to be counted, with David Seamon in a distant third place. Incumbent Karl Skala had a narrow lead in his Third Ward Columbia City Council race over Roy Lovelady and Nick Foster led Erica Pefferman in the Fourth Ward.

Wiseman defeats Scrivener in Jefferson City Council race

The Ward 3 Jefferson City Council race has been decided, with Erin Wiseman beating Bob Scrivener 728-578. The result was reported at about 8 p.m. by the county clerk's office.

The Jefferson City Board of Education remain tight with 75% of precincts reporting. Erika Leonard held a large lead, but the second spot was close, with Anne Bloemke-Warren led the rest of the field by about 50 votes.

In Jefferson City's Ward 1, Jack Deeken held a lead over Jacob Robinett with 75% of precincts in. Jefferson City's bond issue to revamp its sewer system appeared headed to easy passage with 2,744 yes votes to 522 no votes with 73% of precincts reporting.

Full election results are available here.

Half of precincts in for North Callaway School Board

With five of 10 precincts reporting, Sandra Lavy and Travis Doerhoff hold relatively narrow leads in the North Callaway Board of Education race.

Lavy has 96 votes to Doerhoff's 88. The next highest vote-getter is Dustin Moore with 72.

Nine of 12 precincts in the Fulton School Board were in, with Scott Low and Andy Bonderer holding a commanding lead.

Boone County exceeds turnout predictions

Boone County reached 23% turnout on Election Day.

The county clerk's office tweeted the unofficial turnout number after polls closed Tuesday. The office had predicted turnout could hit 10% to 15%, judging by past April elections. Turnout for last April's election was nearly 14%.

About 123,000 active and inactive voters are registered in Boone County.

This year's ballot featured several school board races influenced by the coronavirus pandemic and teaching around race and history, along with several major bond issues and a Columbia mayoral race.

Check here for updated election results.

Absentee ballots counted in Boone County

Suzette Waters and Blake Willoughby had a commanding lead in the Columbia Board of Education Race after absentee ballots were counted.

Waters had 776 votes and incumbent Willoughby had 623, nearly 200 more than the next highest absentee vote-getter, Andrea Lisenby. Adam Burks rounded out the field.

The Columbia Public Schools $80 million bond issue was winning with 1,000 yes votes and 271 no votes. Southern Boone Schools' bond issue question also had a 71-22 lead among absentees.

Barbara Buffaloe had a large lead over Randy Minchew in the Columbia mayoral race, 495-318. Karl Skala was ahead in his bid to win re-election in Columbia's Third Ward. In the Fourth Ward, Nick Foster had 216 votes to Erica Pefferman's 91.

Use tax questions were winning among absentee voters in the county and in Columbia, but Ashland absentee voters went against their use tax proposal.

Complete results are available here.

Women lead early in Jefferson City School Board race

Absentee ballots in the Jefferson City SchoolDistrict favor the women.

Anne Bloemke-Warren and Erika Leonard lead with about 29% and 26%, respectively, of the approximately 1,000 absentee votes cast. The Ward 1 city council race was tied between Jack Deeken and Jacob Robinett. In the Ward 3 coujcil race, Bob Scrivner has 39 votes and Erin Wiseman has 41.

Also in Jefferson City, the bond issue to improve the sewer system was leading by a large margin with two precincts in.

Boone County passes 20% voter turnout

The Boone County Clerk's office is reporting voter turnout has officially hit 20% at 6 p.m.

The clerk's office reported on Monday there was an increase in absentee voting and roughly half of this year's 1,452 absentee voters chose to cast a ballot in the office rather than by mail.

The numbers in 2020 were skewed by COVID (3,656 absentee voters) so that year is omitted from the graph below.

Absentee ballot bar graph that shows 924 voters in April 2016, 507 in April 2017, 616 in April 2018, 899 in April 2019, 1264 in April 2021, and 1452 in April 2022.
Boone County Clerk's Office

Turnout likely to exceed last April

Turnout in Boone County is likely to exceed that of last April's election, the county clerk said Tuesday.

Brianna Lennon said that turnout was between 12% and 13% at about 2:30 p.m., which will likely lead to 17% to 18% turnout. That would beat last April's approximately 14%.

Boone County's voters are deciding on races including Columbia mayor and school board, along with tax questions such as whether to implement a use tax on some online sales.

For a rundown of issues and races on the ballot, check ABC 17's voter guide.

Boone County turnout about 9% at midday

About 9% of Boone County's voters had cast ballots just before noon Tuesday.

The Boone County Clerk's Office shared the update on its Twitter page. The clerk's office had forecast about 10% to 15% turnout, in line with past April elections. Turnout in Boone County's last April election was about 14%.

Boone County's voters are deciding on races including Columbia mayor and school board, along with tax questions such as whether to implement a use tax on some online sales.

For a rundown of issues and races on the ballot, check ABC 17's voter guide.

More than 5,000 votes cast in Boone County

About 4% of Boone County's voters had cast ballots as of 9 a.m., according to a tweet from the county clerk's office.

More than 5,000 voters had cast ballots despite rainy conditions, the clerk's office said. Just over 123,000 inactive and active voters are registered in Boone County, County Clerk Brianna Lennon said.

The clerk's office predicted turnout of about 10% to 15%.

Boone County's voters are deciding on races including Columbia mayor and school board, along with tax questions such as whether to implement a use tax on some online sales.

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