Pulaski County, along with residents state-wide, casted their votes in the August primary. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, local residents were able to participate in the election and Pulaski County was split between who they voted for.
Polls were open until 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and voters had to register ahead of time, but residents have until Oct. 10 to register to vote in the 2018 Fall General Election. The August primary will help determine who residents vote for in offices like the U.S. Senate.
As with any election, the Democrat and Republican parties remained the most popular choice.
“I’ve always voted Democrat,” Amber Sutton, 35, of St. Robert, said. “Now, there are some things I have voted on, even though I have voted Democrat, I have voted opposite party. It hasn’t always been Democrat straight across,” Sutton said.
However, one Pulaski County resident said the area has no choice but to vote Republican. “That’s where all the candidates are,” the resident said jokingly. Historically, Pulaski County and rural Missouri counties tend to vote Republican.
In the U.S. Senate, current Democratic Claire McCaskill faced six little-known Democrat candidates and 11 Republican candidates, including the current attorney general, Josh Hawley.
One Pulaski County resident, Luis Carrillo, 39, said voters should look past party lines. “Voting for color, it’s not the right thing… It’s like 99 percent of America votes for the color and not someone who’s qualified for the job,” Carrillo said.
“I like some of the stuff the Republicans do, I like some of the stuff Democrats do,” Carrillo continued.
The ballot, in spite of not being as popular as Democrat or Republican parties, included the third parties such as the Green Party.
As with any election, there are those who abstained from casting their votes, citing reasons such as not keeping up with politics or not feeling like their choice matters.
Pulaski County residents were also able to vote for local offices, such as prosecuting attorney, circuit court judge and state representative.
Some offices, like circuit clerk and circuit court judge magistrate ran unopposed by both parties. The ballot for the District 16 state senator included three Republican candidates and one Democrat candidate.
One of the most controversial ballot measures is Proposition A – the Missouri Right to Work Act. Many residents have publicly spoken out about voting against Prop A, which would prevent unions from collecting mandatory fees as a condition of employment, was signed by previous governor Eric Greitens in 2017.
Eight precincts were set up all over the county for residents to vote in their respective areas. Waynesville residents were required to vote at the Stonebrooke Church beside the high school, Crocker residents at the First Baptist Church, Dixon residents at the Dixon Senior Citizen Building, Laquey at the school, Richland at the city hall, Swedeborg at the school and Plato residents at the Palace Union Church.