Cole County voters on Tuesday rejected a plan to establish countywide zoning by a vote of 7,391 yes votes and 8,305 no votes.
If the zoning issue had been adopted, the zoning plan and map still would have had to be finalized and ratified by the county's Planning and Zoning Committee. It then would have gone to the three-member County Commission, which would have held hearings in all the townships before taking a final vote to adopt the plan.
In the lone contested primary race in the county, Steve Korsmeyer won a three-way race for county clerk. The candidates and their vote totals: Korsmeyer, 5,826; Patty Bates, 3,980; and Rik Combs, 1,495.
Korsmeyer will face Democrat Susan Cook in the Nov. 4 general election.
Statistics show that 16,489 of Cole County's 52,591 registered voters cast ballots, or 31.35 percent.
Retiring County Clerk Marvin Register had predicted a 34 percent voter turnout.
All vote totals are unofficial until the clerk's office certifies the election totals later this week.
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