Legislation has been filed this session to move some local races and issues, such as fire department and tax increase proposals, from April to later in the year. During a Missouri House Budget Committee hearing this week, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says he has not taken a position on the idea. However, he says there would be savings if the election were moved from April to November.


Representative Peggy McGaugh (ma-GAW), who served many years as the Carroll County Clerk in northwest Missouri and a fellow Republican, disagrees that there would be savings. She also says voter fatigue exists, and putting those races on partisan ballots would be a real danger.