Local races and referenda are being contested in municipal elections in Missouri and Illinois Tuesday.

There is one contested race in Hannibal, with Jim Van Hoose and J.D. Foust on the ballot for the three year unexpired term for the Fourth Ward City Council seat formerly held by Barry Louderman.

Van Hoose was appointed to the seat when Louderman resigned. Since Foust petitioned to have his name put on the ballot, he was arrested and jailed on heroin possession charges.

Also on the ballot in Marion County are questions about continuing to collect use taxes on motor vehicle purchases made outside of Missouri.

In Ralls County, voters are being asked to renew a half-cent sales tax to support the sheriff’s department, road and bridge maintenance and general revenue funds.

There are contested races for city council seats in New London and Perry, along with the Ralls County Emergency Services Board.

In Adams County, voters will decide whether on a quarter-cent sales tax to finance a new county jail. Numerous city council and school board seats are also up for grabs.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.