Boone County voters Tuesday passed Proposition 1, a quarter cent sales tax increase in response to problems outlined in an assessment of local mental health services for youth in Boone County. Supporters say the goal is to diminish the stigma around mental health issues by providing early intervention and prevention services.
Missouri voters went to the poll in big numbers, but not as big as in 2008.
Figures released by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's office on Wednesday showed that 2.7 million people, or 65.7 percent of registered voters, turned out on Tuesday. Both the raw number and the percentage were down from 2008, when a record 2.9 million voters, or 69.4 percent, went to the polls.
Missouri Republicans have increased their control of the state Legislature, apparently claiming the two-thirds majority needed to override the governor's vetoes.
Complete but unofficial returns show the GOP apparently will have 110 seats in the 163-member House. In the state Senate, Republicans maintained their veto-proof majority. But incumbent GOP Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, lost to Democratic challenger Scott Sifton.
Several sitting House members also lost their re-election bids.