Voter turnout surpasses 2016 municipal election
The two issues getting the most public attention in the months leading up to Tuesday night's election helped drive voter turnout. After less than 10 percent of voters hit the polls in April 2016, unofficial numbers from the Jackson County Election board show approximately 14 percent of Lee's Summit voters cast ballots on Tuesday.
Much of the turnout can be attributed to the social media conversations and advertising surround the proposed amendments to the City of Lee's Summit's Charter and the District 4 question to recall Councilman Chris Moreno.
All 12 amendments to the Charter were passed by voters, and District 4 voters chose to recall Moreno. Changes to the Charter, the City's governing document, and Moreno's removal from office take effect upon certification of the election results by the Jackson County Election Board. Because certification may not happen before Thursday's scheduled City Council meeting, it is likely the meeting will be held under current Charter rules and Moreno will still have a seat on the dais.
Voters also chose to continue the Capital Improvements Sales Tax as well as electing 3 new members of the Lee's Summit R-7 School Board. Kim Fritchie, Jackie Clark and Dennis Smith were elected from a field of 10 candidates. All three will be sworn in at the next Board meeting, which is scheduled for April 13. Board members are elected to three-year terms during at-large elections.
Results from the election can be found in the graphs below. For further analysis of the election and look at how the results may affect the community, listen in to this week's episode of the Lee's Summit Town Hall podcast with hosts Jason Norbury and Nick Parker.