The people of Perry County have spoken.
The polls closed Tuesday evening on the general election and several key amendments and other topics were voted on by Perry County residents. The county had 6,400 ballots cast, which is approximately 49 percent.
For Perry County Clerk Jared Kutz, that number was close to his prediction.
“My initial prediction was 48 percent of ballots, but I kind of modified that last week,” Kutz said. “We had 59 percent turnout in 2018, which is about 7,400 votes cast. There was a senate race in 2018, where Josh Hawley was first elected. The turnout goes to the competitiveness of the races and the political nature of Perry County. There weren’t as many driving forces getting people to the polls in this election. Voting is a gift and a beautiful right that we have, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Part of the reason that the turnout was down could be because all the local races were unopposed. All the local offices such as the Associate Circuit Judge (Craig Brewer), Presiding Commissioner (Mike Sauer), Perry County Clerk (Jared Kutz), Circuit Court Clerk (Jennifer Hotop), Recorder of Deeds (Dana Pritchard), and Prosecuting Attorney (Caitlin Pistorio), and Collector of Revenue (Dena Preston) ran unopposed.
Katie Schemel, who won the election for Perry County Treasurer over Jan (Huber) Mezo (1,595-1,300) in the August primary election also ran unopposed as the Republican candidate. Schemel will take over for the retired Kathy Schumer and Preston will be the Collector of Revenue after the retirement of Rod Richardet. All the local candidates received at least 97 percent of the vote.