Ripley County Voters Come Out To The Polls

August 3, 2004 -- Posted at 5:44 p.m. CDT

DONIPHAN -- Missouri residents are casting their votes in that state's primary election.  Residents in Ripley County are deciding important races and issues.  Election signs have been up for months and now it's finally the voter's turn.

"I do believe that it's important that we vote and particularly at this time we need strong leadership," said voter Dr. Benny Bell.

Folks in Ripley County gathered Tuesday to cast their ballots.  About 3500 voters are expected in Ripley County. But it appears to be the issues, and not necessarily the races that folks are coming out to vote for.

Ripley County Clerk Becky York said, "We anticipate a larger than usual turnout. A number of the local churches have promoted, asking that people from their church get out and vote today and voice their opinion on the second amendment proposition."

The Second Amendment has been a hot topic in Region 8...and many voters said that's what brought them to the polls.

Voter George C. Legrand said, "I'm out to vote for one of the amendments.  It is the great reason why I'm here. Amendment two.  I think it ought to be between a man and a woman and I don't think the constitution should be changed any other way."

"I also come out to vote on the homosexuality in the country. I don't think it's meant to be that way because God didn't intend for it to be that way," said voter Ruby Johnson.

Voter Michelle Joplin said, "I thought it was important to vote because I wanted to make sure the Amendment got passed to keep marriage legal between a man and a woman only. I think that's the way that it should be."

"Well, it's important for all of us to vote, and I'm concerned especially about two issues about gambling and marriage and so I wanted to make sure to vote on those two issues," said voter John Grim.

Ripley County has 8,000 active, registered voters.