Big Voter Turn Out Expected In St. Louis County Election

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- St. Louis County Election Officials are bracing for a big turnout. At the same time St. Louis County Police plan to increase patrols around polling places.

Rita Heard Days is the Director of Elections for St. Louis County.  She said, “ It will be a very long, long night for most of us here.”

She added the election equipment is already in place at schools and polling places across the county.  The last of the absentee voters braved a chilly rain to cast their ballots.  Tammy Carter, a voter said, “I need to vote early because I’m a nurse.”  About 60,000 absentee ballots are expected to be case, 4 years ago 72,000 people decided early.  Paul Cahn voted early, “This is a democratic country and we have the privilege of voting.”

There are 449 precincts in St. Louis County.  6,000 poll workers were hired to make sure things go smoothly.  And, to avoid any problems, county police will increase patrols where folks vote.  Randy Vaughn is a spokesman for county police, “What we’re doing here is to try to have a safe environment for citizens to perform their civic duty.”

The head of elections welcomes the help from police.  She said there is one simple thing voters can do to ensure things go well tomorrow.  Days said, “Come prepared know what’s on the ballot already, study your propositions so you don’t stand there and read each one of them.”

The voter turnout is predicted to be about 75 percent this year, in 2008 it was 83 percent.


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