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Mo. election turnout expected to be 51 percent

October 26, 2010

The Associated Press is reporting that about 2.1 million ballots are expected  to be cast in the Show-Me-State next Tuesday.

At least that’s what the secretary of state’s office thinks based on calculations by the state’s local election
authorities.

If the projections prove true, it will be pretty average for a Missouri turnout. In recent non-presidential election years ranged from 43 percent in 1998 to 53 percent in 2006.

Laura Egerdal with the Secretary of State’s office says the 51 percent projection is about average for a non-presidential election year. But she also warns that long lines are possible late in the day.

“If you can, you should get out on your way into work or over the lunch break or during the afternoon to take advantage of the shorter lines that typically happen during those hours,” Egerdal said. “But if you need to come at the very end of the day, as long as you’re in line at 7 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.”

The highest projected turnout is 71 percent in Osage County, and
the lowest is 21 percent in Jasper County.

Missouri has more than 4 million registered voters.

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