Does Christian County need a bigger and better library?

On June 25, 2017, in Announcement, Election, Event, by Christian County Democrats

 

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On August 8th, 2017, you will have the opportunity to decide on the future of libraries in Christian County. You may also have a chance to vote on tax and bond issues, depending on your precinct.

Make sure you are registered to vote by July 12th! If you have moved to Christian County or moved inside Christian County, make sure to re-register with the County Clerk’s office. You can also see a sample ballot for your precinct at this location.

Here is the ballot language for the Library issue: Shall the trustees of the Christian County Library be authorized to renew its tax levy to the previously voted and approved rate of $0.20 per one hundred dollars assessed valuation for the purpose of 1) increasin

g the budget for books, materials, computers & technology; 2) expanding library services throughout the county with planned locations in Nixa, Sparta, and Clever, with improvements to the Ozark facility?

If you have further questions on this ballot issue, check out their website.

Are you going to be out of the county on election day?  

Don’t worry, absentee voting begins June 27th. Again, check with the County Clerk’s office. Absentee voting will end on August 5th.

Are you without a valid photo id?? There are still a lot of questions concerning the new law on voter photo id. But according to the Secretary of State’s office “If you are registered to vote, you can vote!” (But if you do not have a government-issued photo id, you will be required to sign an affidavit and/or receive a provisional ballot.) More information can be found at the Secretary of State’s website

 

BE PREPARED TO VOTE! November 8, 2016

On October 29, 2016, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Election, Event, Uncategorized, by Christian County Democrats

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Get your sample ballot for the November 8th Christian County Election.

Besides voting for our First Female President, you will be voting on US Senator (Jason Kander) and US Representative (Genevieve Williams), as well as Missouri state officers. You will also be able to vote for your District State Representative (and if you live in the 140th you have Jim Billedo on the ticket!), the 38th Circuit Judge, and the retention of certain judges. You will be also be voting for the Christian County elections offices of Commissioner (and if you live in eastern Christian County, you have Sue Ann Childers on the ticket!), Sheriff, Assessor, Treasurer, Coroner, and Public Administrator.  And you will vote on Constitutional Amendments (1,2,3,4, & 6) and Proposition A.

Recommendations on Ballot Issues:

Amendment 1: Continues funding soil and water conservation for state parks and historic sites for the next 10 years. RECOMMENDATION: YES

Amendment 2: Limits campaign contributions. But language is not clear; it could ban labor unions contributing, but allow corporations. Supported by Fred Sauer, author of “How Liberalism, a euphemism for socialism, destroys peoples and nations.” RECOMMENDATION: NO

Amendment 3: Tax on cigarettes, 75% for early childhood education. Would limit taxes on cigarettes and give public monies to private and religious schools. Supported by large tobacco companies. Opposed by MO Nat. Education Association, American Lung Association, and American Heart Asssociation. RECOMMENDATION: NO

Amendment 4: Prevents new state or local sales/use tax on any service or transaction. It could block future taxes on new industries, limiting state and local entities with budget problems. Supported by MO Associations of Home Inspectors, Cattlemen, Funeral Directors, Broadcasters, Bankers, etc. Opposed by MO Municipal League and the Budget Project. RECOMMENDATION: NO

Proposition A: Tax on cigarettes, funding transportation infrastructure. This competes with Amendment 1, but also limits taxes on cigarettes. Supported by MO Petroleum Markets and Convenience Store Association. Opposed by Cancer Society, MO American Lung Association, American Heart Association, etc.

Amendment 6: Voters “may” be required to verify their identity, citizenship and residence with a photo id. This would suppress voters, especially minorities, the elderly, the poor, and students. There is no real evidence of voter fraud, and it will be difficult for people to get these ids. Republicans nationwide are pushing this issue in order to suppress Democrat voters. Democrats nationwide strongly oppose it. RECOMMENDATION: NO

For more information check out the VOTERS GUIDE by the League of Women Voters. You may go to their website and put in your address, or pick one up at your local library. Also, checkout the Christian County Headliner for October 26th. They have interviewed local candidates and presented the pros and cons of the ballot issues.

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April Election Coming Up!

On March 10, 2015, in Announcement, Candidates, Election, Get Involved, by Christian County Democrats

Blue vote button On Tuesday, April 7, you will be able to elect candidates and weigh in on community initiatives.

There will be 51 different ballots in this election, so it will depend where you live as to what you are able to vote on. But all cities will have candidate elections, with Highlandville and Sparta also having issues on the ballot. School ballot issues will be voted on in Billings, Fordland, Bradleyville, and Ozark school districts. The Selmore Special Road District is requesting a levy increase and Ozark and Logan-Rogersville Fire Districts will have board member elections. The Chadwick Fire District is requesting a levy increase. Some districts will have no ballots, according to County Clerk, Kay Brown.

To see what you will be voting on, check your voter registration card for your precinct, then look at your sample ballot. The County Clerk’s Office will help with absentee ballots.

“Lower voter participation is a silent threat to our democracy…It under-represents young people, the poor, the disabled, those with little education, minorities and you and me.”  —Nancy Neuman

YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!

On November 1, 2014, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Election, Event, by Christian County Democrats

election uncle samNovember 4 is election day.

Depending where you live, you may have different choices to make. A sample ballot is available online.

Your voter’s registration card will tell you where to vote or you can find polling places online or call 417-582-4340.

Democrat Club members have discussed the constitutional amendments you will see on the ballot and recommend a “NO” vote on all four amendments.

Amendment 2 allows relevant evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible in prosecutions for crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under 18 years of age.

  • We already have precedent that allows admission of such evidence in particular circumstances.
  • Actual recidivism rates are lower than most believe (13% for incest and 24% for rape).
  • This could increase the risk of being wrongly convicted because even alleged crimes can be used (even if never convicted).

Amendment 3 would tie teacher evaluations to their students’ test performance.

  • It takes local control away from parents, teachers, and school districts.
  • It requires more standardized testing.
  • The current system allows for removal of poor teachers through regular monitoring and evaluation system.
  • Most education organization are against this amendment (Mo Nat. Educ. Assoc., Mo State Teachers Assoc, close to 100 school boards around the state) and the group sponsoring the amendment, Teach Great, has stopped campaigning for it.

Greene County Democrats passed a resolution opposing this amendment.

The League of Women Voters of Missouri has taken the stance of a “NO vote” on this issue.

Amendment 6 only allows 6 days of early voting and does not allow for any Saturday or Sunday voting.

  • It will only go into effect if the Legislature funds the measure, which they have not yet agreed to do.
  • This system is more restrictive than 29 other states.
  • Many call this proposal “a sham” because it eliminates weekends (when people can actually get out to vote) and shortens the early voting period.

Greene County Democrats passed a resolution opposing this amendment.

The League of Women Voters of Missouri has taken the stance of a “NO vote” on this issue.

Amendment 10 places limitations on the Governor’s powers to propose a budget without legislative consent.

  • Places limitations on the Governor’s power to allocate funds without legislative consent.
  • Prohibits the governor from reducing funding passed by the general assembly without legislative consent.
  • Would allow the legislature to override any withholding by a two-thirds vote, as with a veto.
  • Governors in all states except Maryland have this power.

Greene County Democrats passed a resolution opposing this amendment.

The League of Women Voters of Missouri has taken the stance of a “NO vote” on this issue.


Judges:

The Missouri Supreme Court created evaluation committees (funded by the Missouri Bar), consisting of lawyers and non-lawyers to rate all judges who are standing for retention under the nonpartisan selection system. Those recommendations are available online to voters. Kansas City Star says, “The statewide judges up for retention have all received adequate to high marks from persons familiar with their work and have earned YES votes.” They are Missouri Supreme Court Judges Laura Denvir Stith and Paul Campbell Wilson; Western District Court of Appeals Judges Lisa White Hardwick and Anthony Rex Gabbert; Eastern District Judges Lisa Van Amburg and Angela Turner Quigless; Southern District Judges Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer and Mary Sheffield.

Candidates:

And most importantly, don’t forget to vote for two very good, Democratic candidates:

  • Jim Billedo (if you live in the 140th District) and
  • Jim Evans for the 7th Congressional District.

Fire Protection and Tax Levies:

If you live in the city of Nixa, you will vote on a Fire Protection bond for an additional fire station and new equipment; if you live in Highlandville, you will vote on a tax levy of 40 cents per $100 assessed value; if you live in Sparta, you will vote on a tax levy increase (30 cents per $100 assessed value) for the Fire Protection District.

 

Are you registered to vote??

On July 7, 2014, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Election, Thoughts, by Christian County Democrats

Voting boxJuly 9th is the last day to register to vote for the August 5th Primary. AND YOU NEED TO VOTE! Click here to register online.

If you will be out-of-town or incapacitated for the August 5th election, get an absentee ballot.

You will have a choice of ballots: Democrat or Republican. You will have Republicans running on the Republican ballot, and Democrats running on the Democrat ballot. Sample ballots are available online.

Democrat ballots will have Jim Billedo running for the 140th Missouri District unopposed. And there are two Democratic candidates running against Billy Long for the 7th US District (Jim Evans and Genevieve Williams). And if you live Union Chapel Township, two candidates are running for committee man for the Christian County Democratic Central Committee. Here are some of your Republican ballot choices:

  •   The Republican ballot will have two names running for US Representative and the Democrat ballot will have two names. This is the seat Billy Long currently holds, so you have a chance to unseat him!.
  •  For those of you living in the 139th Missouri District (includes Nixa, Clever, Highlandville, and Spokane) the Republican ballot will have 3 choices to replace Kevin Elmer. No Democrat on the Democrat ballot.
  • On the Republican ballot there will be 3 candidates running for Associate Judge for Division II. No Democrat on the Democrat ballot.
  • Also only on the Republican ballot there are 5 candidates running for Presiding Commissioner of Christian County, and 2 candidates running for county auditor.
  • All voters will have the opportunity to say yea or nay to 5 Missouri Constitutional Amendments:

Amendment 1 (Right to Farm): Many believe this would give special protections to large agribusiness over small family farms. Other concerns include food safety, environmental stands, property rights, and animal welfare. [The Humane Society, Missouri Farmers Union, and Food for America are all opposed to this amendment.] If approved, it is likely to be challenged in court because of its vague language.

Amendment 5 (Right to Bear Arms): The right of Missourians to keep and bear arms is already granted in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and in state law. So what will this amendment do? It may make it harder to regulate guns and hinder law enforcement from protecting the public. Since there are already court challenges, it would also mean tax dollars spent fighting court cases.

Amendment 7 (Sales tax for Transportation): This would be the largest tax increase in state history and would fall heavily on the poor and working class. It would make transportation a higher priority than education and mean out-of-state drivers get a free ride through our state. Shouldn’t those using our highways the most pay for improvements?

Amendment 8 (Veteran Lottery Tickets): This proposes a lottery ticket be sold with proceeds going to a Veterans Trust Fund. Some people are questioning how this would affect the funding of education (right now receiving 24 cents of every lottery dollar). The question seems to be whether the welfare of our veterans should have to depend on a lottery?

Amendment 9 (Electronic Data Protection): This amendment would give electronic data the same privacy protections as the possessions inside your home. The U.S. Supreme Court is studying two cases now concerning electronic privacy. Because of the vague language, the consequences of this law are unknown.

WHATEVER YOU DECIDE ON THESE ISSUES, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU VOTE ON AUGUST 5TH!
(The opinions expressed are those of Polly C. Dross, President of the Democrat Club of Christian County.)

 

Sample Ballot 1 for Nov 6 2012The Christian County government website has posted sample ballots for the November election. Be sure to check out the ballot and issues before you vote!

http://christiancountymo.gov/sampleballots.htm

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