It’s no joke: Buchanan County Clerk’s Office is open for absentee voters

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test vote exam Few people are expected to turnout but it’s no April Fools’, the Buchanan County Courthouse is open for absentee voters.

County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey said the courthouse will be open April 1 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for absentee voting.  Baack-Garvey said she is expecting few if any people to turnout. The municipal general election is April 4. There are no issue or candidate elections in St. Joseph, but there are a few in rural parts of Buchanan County.

Tuesday, Baack-Garvey’s team will count ballots from just six polling places, in mostly rural school-district and village elections.

*Voters in Gower will select a mayor in the election, as well as two members of the board of the Gower Fire Protection District.
*Voters in the East Buchanan C-1 school district and the Buchanan County R-4 school district will select members for their school boards.
*The Village of Agency will select two members for its board of trustees.
*The Platte County R-1 District hopes to borrow $6.2 million to fund a new junior high school and some roof repairs, and they’re asking for the voters’ okay.
*There are no candidates on the ballot in Lewis & Clark Village, where they’re hoping to fill two seats on the Board of Trustees.

“The predicted turnout, I’m thinking as of right now, we won’t hit double digits,” Baack-Garvey said. “I’m HOPING we hit 10% turn out.”

Polls are open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.