Election Could Be "Historic" Says Clerk

Election Could Be "Historic" Says Clerk
By: Ryan Tate

Piedmont, MO - The Missouri town of Piedmont could have a new police chief and an alderman Wednesday, after the town heads to the polls May 24th. A County Judge called for a re-election after problems surfaced following the April 5th vote.
According to Wayne County Clerk Alan Lutes, six people voted who live outside the city limits and three people voted in the wrong ward. The candidates for police chief were separated by two votes and one of the alderman races was separated by two votes. Lutes thinks the turnout will be historically high for Tuesday's election.
"I think turnout will be 70-80%," Lutes said. "I don't know of any other county around us has had this happen. People were upset when the re-election was called for and they've had another month of campaigns."
The polls open at 6:00 a.m. at the American Legion Hall in Piedmont. According to Lutes, that will be the only polling place, to make sure no one votes in the wrong ward. Lutes also says he, and a deputy, will be at the polling place to make sure nothing goes wrong. More than 1,300 people are registered for this election in Piedmont. Lutes thinks more than 900 will vote Tuesday.