MAPLEWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Election authorities across Missouri are predicting a 71% state wide voter turnout Tuesday. Because of the high interest in this election, voters could see long lines at polling places. St. Louis County Elections Director Eric Fey expects a turn out potentially as high as 76% in St. Louis County. International election expert and St. Louis County resident Paul DeGregorio urged voters to be well prepared with their choices written down before going to the polls. He said, "The wait at some polls could be 45 minutes to an hour depending on the time of day." Voters who wish to write in a candidate's name should check to see if that person has registered as a write in candidate. Only votes for registered write in candidates will be counted in Missouri and Illinois. Non-registered write-in names will be ignored.
Polls are open at 6 AM until 7 PM. If a voter is in line at 7 PM they will be allowed to vote even if the line stretches outside the polling place.