Election day for city councils, boards of aldermen and boards of education across Missouri is Tuesday, April 4, and people interested in voting in those elections need to make sure their voter registration is correct and up to date.

Election day for city councils, boards of aldermen and boards of education across Missouri is Tuesday, April 4, and people interested in voting in those elections need to make sure their voter registration is correct and up to date.

The deadline to register is Wednesday March 8.

During the November 2016 national election, Jasper County Clerk Marilyn Baugh said she had cases where people who wanted to vote, but could not cast a ballot because their voter registration was incorrect.

In one case, a person had moved from Newton County to Jasper County, but failed to register to vote in Jasper County until the day after the registration deadline. That person could not vote in the presidential election.

“If you have moved since the last election, this is your opportunity to correct your address,” Baugh said. “If you have moved to another county in Missouri since the last election, you have to re-register. Voter registrations do not transfer, you have to start over, and you have to re-register before March 8 or you can't vote.”

People can register or check their voter registration at the county elections office at the Jasper County Courthouse in Carthage, room 103, or the Jasper County Courts Building in Joplin, room 200.

The offices are open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

 

Carthage City Council

Several people have filed to run for the five two-year terms and one one-year term open in the Carthage City Council.

Voters in each ward will vote in one of these races except for voters in Ward 4 which will vote in two races.

Here are the candidates as they will appear on the ballot:

• Ward 1 — two year term: Jim Swatsenbarg, James Harrison and Steven Hitchcock.
• Ward 2 — two year term: David Armstrong.
• Ward 3 — two year term: Ceri Otero, Michael Wicklund, Jeff Hallmark and Dustin Blankenship.
• Ward 4 — one year term: Darren Collier.
• Ward 4 — two year term: Dan Rife and Deborah Harvey
• Ward 5 — two year term: Brady Beckham

Incumbents Kelly Hartley, who was appointed to fill out the remainder of the late Steve Leibbrand's term in Ward 3, and Larry Quinn Chapin, who has served in Ward 2 for the past two years, did not file for reelection.

 

R-9 Board of Ed

• No election will be held for the Carthage R-9 Board of Education this year.

Incumbents Tony Diggs, Jeff Jones and Elizabeth Streich filed for reelection to their three-year terms. The filing period for this election also ended on Jan. 17.

Since only three people filed for the three open seats, the district doesn't have to hold an election and the candidates can be sworn into their next three-year term in April.