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  • Voter turnout in EJC was just under 80 percent

  • Voter turnout was heavy Tuesday across Missouri – and even heavier in Eastern Jackson County.

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  • Voter turnout was heavy Tuesday across Missouri – and even heavier in Eastern Jackson County.
    Tammy Brown, co-director of the Jackson County Election Board, said turnout in the county outside of Kansas City was 79.5 percent, higher even than in the last presidential election in 2008.
    “It was busy, but it worked out very well,” said said.
    One example of the workload: It took from 6 a.m. about 4:50 p.m. to count the 15,000 absentee and military ballots cast in the eastern part of the county.
    This year the Election Board, which on Liberty Street at Truman Road on the north edge of the Independence Square, set up an office across the street on Liberty to handle the steady of flow absentee voters. Absentee voting in Missouri starts six weeks ahead of Election Day. Last Saturday alone, 550 people voted at that office.
    Many voters have been sent to new polling places this year. Brown said officials don’t like to move voters around too much but have to accomodate changes to political districts that are redrawn every 10 years after the federal census. In general, the polling place you have now should be the one you have for another 10 years.
    Figures released by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s office on Wednesday showed that 2.7 million people, or 65.7 percent of registered voters, turned out Tuesday. Both the raw number and the percentage were down from 2008, when a record 2.9 million voters, or 69.4 percent, went to the polls.
    Turnout fell short of the 72 percent that Carnahan had projected. Missouri has 4.2 million registered voters.
    The Associated Press contributed to this article.
     
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