Redistricting proposal fails to make April 8 ballot

By Shawn Roney/For The Richmond News

The boundaries between the Hardin-Central C-2 and Norborne R-VIII school districts won’t change any time soon.

Recently, there was a petition drive to a put a proposal to change the boundaries on the April 8 election ballots for Hardin and Norborne. Following the Hardin-Central C-2 Board of Education’s required approval of the petition, it was submitted to the Ray County Clerk’s Office for approval. However, on Jan. 29, Ray County Prosecuting Attorney Danielle Rogers issued a memo noting that three attempts to submit the petition had been rejected.

According to the memo, the petition was first submitted Jan. 23. It wasn’t accepted because it had been “presented in an improper format.” Because of how it had been formatted, County Clerk Glenda Powell couldn’t “verify the signatures,” Rogers wrote.

Election Clerk Rebecca Adams and Powell said voter registration cards and the petition signatures were scanned into a computer to verify through the Missouri Centralized Voting Registration database that the signers were registered voters. Alas, many of the voting cards predated the MCVR and weren’t already in the database to verify the petition signatures, according to Powell.


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