Jackson County voters will be asked to decide if the statues of Andrew Jackson located outside the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City and the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence should be removed. The statues have been discussed by the legislature for nearly a year. Calls for the statues of the country’s seventh president to be removed intensified this summer in the wake of protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
In a June statement, County Executive Frank White called for their removal.
“Countless men, women, and children come through the doors of our courthouses every day. And every day, racism and discrimination are staring them in the face,” White said in the statement.
County legislators voted to put the question on the November ballot. White vetoed the decision, with legislators overriding the veto 6-3.
A simple majority is required for passage of the measure.
Polls are open 6:00am—7:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd. Absentee voting in person continues at 110 N. Liberty, Independence. The absentee drop off location is located at 112 N. Liberty, Independence. For more information, visit www.jcebmo.org.