The Tuesday, Aug. 5, Primary Election voter turnout of 36.6 percent in Moniteau County was very good and higher than the 30 percent predicted. Casting votes were 3,388 voters out of a total of 9,250 registered voters in the county.
The three-way race on the Republican ticket for Moniteau County Clerk was decided, with candidate Roberta Elliott, the winner with 1,379 votes (47.63 percent). She will run unopposed in the November election. Candidate Amanda Trimble was second with 928 votes (32.06 percent) and Lance Fulks third with 588 votes (20.31 percent).
Although the local voters probably made little difference on the national scene, or the few state-wide offices, Moniteau County voters may have made a significant difference in the results on Amendment 1, known as the Right to Farm Amendment. The bill passed state-wide by 2,228 votes, or 50.12 percent. Moniteau County voters gave the Right to Farm Amendment 2,470 votes, or 74.04 percent.
On the other four proposed amendments, local voters followed the state-wide lead, approving the right to bear arms and requiring warrants for searches, and giving a resounding "no" to a transportation tax and a veteran's lottery ticket.