Brentwood Residents Vote in Midterm

Campaign signs crowd a patch of grass on the south side of Brentwood City Hall on Monday afternoon. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Numerous state, county items on ballot; no municipal issues

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Hundreds of Brentwood voters came to the city’s four polling places on Nov. 4 to cast their ballots in a mid-term election.

No municipal issues were decided but there were still plenty of items on the ballot. Residents helped decide the fate of four proposed state amendments. They also voted for a U.S. house member, a state auditor, representatives in the Missouri senate and house, four St. Louis County officials and 12 county circuit judges.

Voters wait in line to vote at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church early Monday afternoon. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Turnout lower than at last midterm

Numbers showing the city’s voter turnout have not yet been released, though statewide it was significantly lower than in the last midterm election, in 2010. According to U.S. News & World Report, 32.30 percent of Missouri’s voter eligible population voted this week, compared to 45.70 percent in the 2010 midterm.

Brentwood has four polling locations. Following are the number of registered voters served by each location, according to St. Louis County, which ran the election: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1,572; Brentwood City Hall, 1,320; Brentwood Recreation Center, 1,317; and Brentwood Forest Clubhouse, 1,208.

Abby Harper looks up a resident’s name on a list of registered voters at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Election results

The following summarizes the overall results of the ballot items seen by Brentwood voters. The final election results will not be certified until Nov. 18.

Missouri – U.S. House
District 2 winner: Republican Ann Wagner

Missouri – State Senate
District 4 winner: Democrat Joe Keaveny

Missouri – State House
District 83 winner: Dem. Gina Mitten

Missouri Auditor
Winner: Rep. Tom Schweich

Voters make their choices via paper ballot at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Missouri Amendment 2 — Allow records to be used to prosecute sex crimes
Won, 73 percent to 28 percent. Essential wording: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that it will be permissible to allow relevant evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible in prosecutions for crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under 18 years of age?

Missouri Amendment 3 — Evaluate teachers based on student performance
Was defeated, 76 percent to 24 percent. Essential wording: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to: require teachers to be evaluated by a standards-based performance evaluation system for which each local school district must receive state approval to continue receiving state and local funding; require teachers to be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part of the evaluation system; require teachers to enter into contracts of three years or fewer with public school districts; and prohibit teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining regarding the design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system?

Missouri Amendment 6 — Allow early voting
Was defeated, 70 percent to 30 percent. Essential wording: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to permit voting in person or by mail for a period of six business days prior to and including the Wednesday before the election day in general elections, but only if the legislature and the governor appropriate and disburse funds to pay for the increased costs of such voting?

Missouri Amendment 10 — Restrict governor
Won, 57 percent to 43 percent. Essential wording: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to require the governor to pay the public debt, to prohibit the governor from relying on revenue from legislation not yet passed when proposing a budget, and to provide a legislative check on the governor’s decisions to restrict funding for education and other state services?

The voting area at Mount Calvary includes five electronic touch screens (foreground) and three booths for casting paper ballots (top). (Photo by Steve Bowman)

St. Louis County Executive
Dem. Steve Stenger beat Rep. Rick Stream by 1,768 votes, or 48.35 percent to 47.73 percent. A recount might be held.

St. Louis County Assessor
Winner: Dem. Jake Zimmerman

St. Louis County Council
District 5 winner: Dem. Pat Dolan

A woman carefully considers one of the ballot items displayed on a screen at Mount Calvary. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Circuit Court Judges

Six associate circuit judges were voted to be retained: Dennis N. Smith, Ellen Hannigan Ribaudo, Judy Preddy Draper, Lawrence J. Permuter, Mary Elizabeth Ott and Patrick Clifford.

Six circuit judges were retained: John D. Warner Jr., Kristine Allen Kerr, Maura B. McShane, Robert S. Cohen, Steven H. Goldman and Tom DePriest Jr.

A local resident votes on a touch screen at Mount Calvary. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Brentwood City Hall, shown here early Monday afternoon, is a polling place for 1,320 registered voters. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

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