Government & Politics

Ballots for election on downtown streetcar expansion available starting Monday

It's been almost five months without a streetcar election. So it's about time.

Starting Monday, eligible voters can apply for mail-in ballots in the last of three special elections to set up expansion of the downtown streetcar system south from Union Station to UMKC. Last summer, voters approved formation of a special taxing district. In October, they elected a board of directors.

This is arguably the big one. It will ask voters in the Transportation Development District to approve a 1 percent sales tax, along with assessments on most commercial and residential properties, to help fund the 3. 7 mile, $227 million expansion.

To participate you must be a registered voter in the district, which stretches roughly from State Line Road to Campbell Street and the Missouri River to 53rd Street. You can check this map to see if you live in it.

If so, you can download an application from, or pick one up in Room 303 of the Jackson County Courthouse during regular business hours. Applications will be available until April 3 and must be returned to the Circuit Court Administrator's office by 5 p.m. that day.

You'll need to include proof of registration with the application. That means a copy of an official voter ID card or confirmation from the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners, which is available at

Ballots will be mailed to qualified voters on May 1. They are due back no later than 5 p.m. on June 12. Certified results are expected by the end of the month.