Carnahan predicts 76 percent voter turnout in Missouri

John Hacker

With seven days left before America goes to the polls, Missouri's secretary of state is predicting that more than three-quarters of the more than 4.2 million registered voters in the state will vote on or before Nov. 4.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said in a written release that she expected 76 percent of registered voters to cast ballots either by absentee or at the polls on Nov. 4.

If that prediction comes true, more than 3.2 million voters will cast ballots in the election.

"Missouri voters should have confidence in their election system," Carnahan said. "Local election officials around the state have been working tirelessly to make preparations for a busy election day. This year, we have increased security checks on voting machines, raised the number of poll workers statewide, and invested in more training for Election Day workers."

In addition to the estimated turnout, Carnahan also released the statewide voter registration total for the upcoming election. There are a record-setting 4,205,774 Missourians registered to vote, which includes more than 340,000 first-time voters.

Earl said absentee voting can sometimes be a predictor of the turnout on Election Day. If that holds true this time, Earl said as many as 70 or 80 percent of the county's 78,743 registered voters could flood polling places on Nov. 4.

Carnahan said a large portion of the new voters are younger Missourians. Nearly 150,000 of the first-time registrants are 18 to 24 years old, which is more than double any other age group. In both Kansas City and St. Louis, 40 percent of the new registrants are 18 to 24 years old.

"Seeing so many young people around the state who are interested in this election is a wonderful thing for the future of Missouri and our country," said Carnahan.

Unofficial results will be updated on the Missouri Secretary of State's Web site ( throughout election night. Voters can also visit to find the location of their polling place, learn what to bring, and view a sample ballot.

Carthage Press