Worth County, Missouri

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Worth County is one of 114 counties in Missouri. According to the 2010 census, Worth County has a population of 2,171.[1]

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Meetings P
Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning P
Audits P
Contracts P
Lobbying P
Public records
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The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are archived for 3 years.[2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[3]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and group email.[4]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 8 years.[5]
    • Current meeting agenda is posted.[6]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
  • Audits
    • Audits dating back to 2008 are available.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[8]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the circuit clerk. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[9]
    • A public records form is provided.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[10]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[11]

The bad

  • Budgets
    • Current budget is not posted.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is not posted.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas are not archived.
  • Lobbying
    • Most current lobbying expenses are not provided.
  • Elected Officials
    • Commissioners do not have personalized emails.
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Permit applications cannot be downloaded on the site.
  • Contracts
    • Current contracts are not posted.




In 2011, the county projected revenues of $3,012,039.28 from nearly 70 sources.[12]


In 2011, the county had $2,959,458.04 in projected expenditures, $453,817.80 of which was for payroll. The county's largest expenditure was for the Worth County R-III School District, at $767,338.73.[12]

Transparency & public records

The county charges $0.25 to $0.50 per page for records, depending on whether a court employee or the requester makes the copies. Requests must be made during business hours, Monday through Friday. Request fulfillment may take 3-10 business days. According to the website, court personnel is not responsible for errors or omissions.[13]


Voter fraud

Worth County is one of 15 counties in Missouri that has more registered voters than people eligible to vote in the 2010 election. Worth County has 101.4 percent of people age 18 and older registered to vote.

Laura Egerdal, spokesperson for the Missouri Secretary of State, gave this response on October 26, 2010:

"I would encourage you to take a closer look at the number of active voters, rather than total registered voters. Often, inactive voters appear on the list because the local election authority is waiting the required two federal election cycles before the voter can be removed. The decision in the Department of Justice case you referenced states that federal law “makes it inevitable that voter registration lists will be inflated” because of its requirement that local election authorities wait to remove a voter who has not responded to a canvass mailing until they fail to vote in two successive federal elections.

Missouri’s voter registration rolls are more accurate than ever before, thanks to the diligent work of local election authorities. Over the past 5 years, our office has actively monitored the list maintenance activities of the local election authorities, issued regular reminders on the requirements of state and federal law, and conducted dozens of trainings across the state. Resources such as state vital records information from the Department of Health and Senior Services (identifying deceased voters in Missouri) are updated at least weekly, and we’ve regularly performed matches with the Social Security Administration death records database.

Our office has provided an unprecedented level of support to local election authorities, reimbursing more than $2.27 million their list maintenance activities. We’ve made additional funds available through a grant program that focuses on list maintenance. This includes funding for temporary staff for data entry, printing and postage for NVRA canvass mailings, and even Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. To identify duplicates across state lines, Missouri participates in a multi-state data sharing agreement with 12 midwest states. To identify Missourians who have moved within the state, but not updated their voter registration, we match the voter rolls against the US Postal Service’s “Nation Change of Address” list and send each of those voters a form to update their address.

These proactive efforts by our office go above and beyond the requirements of state and federal law, and they have resulted in the hundreds of thousands of deceased persons and duplicates removed from the rolls since we implemented the statewide list in late 2005."[14]

A Note from the Worth County Election Authority

Please note that because Worth County's population is so small (we are the smallest county in the state of Missouri both in geographical size and population), our registered voter numbers can appear higher because we are required to wait for two federal elections to pass before we can remove inactive voters from our system. Sometimes a voter will not tell us when he/she has moved out of the county, or the voter may not have registered to vote when he/she moved out of the county. Therefore, besides the measures listed above by Ms. Egerdal that we take to make sure we have the most accurate list possible, we are waiting for two federal elections to pass to purge inactive voters out of our system.

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