Tornado's Toll Includes City Elections in Caruthersville

APRIL 5, 2006 - Posted at 7:57 a.m. CST

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - The tornado that smashed much of Caruthersville on Sunday forced the Bootheel community to postpone yesterday's elections to early May.

The Secretary of State's office says the delay is the first by a Missouri community, but dire circumstances justify the move.

The tornado left Caruthersville without water or electricity and 21 election judges without homes.  Many public buildings that serve as polling places were destroyed.

Pemiscot County Clerk Larry Raid said it would be impossible to hold a fair election given those conditions.

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