Voter Turnout Varies By County

7 years 2 months 1 week ago Wednesday, August 04 2010 Aug 4, 2010 Wednesday, August 04, 2010 8:15:05 PM CDT August 04, 2010 in News

MID-MISSOURI - Proposition C passed, Blunt and Carnahan will face off in November, but only a quarter of Mid-Missourians voted.

940,000 of nearly four-million Missourians voted in Tuesday's primary elections, but most of those did not come from Boone County. Only 18% of voters in Boone County actually showed up to the polls, but other counties in Mid-Missouri had a much better turnout.

Specifically, Moniteau County saw 40% of voters at polling places, Cole County had 34%, Osage County had 37% and Monroe County had 36%.

These totals come in particularly conservative counties, which doesn't surprise MU Political Science Professor Peverill Squire.

"Most Democrats didn't have a reason to show up yesterday and Republicans who wanted to seize on this vote as a way of expressing themselve did choose to turn out," says Squire.

Squire says, however, that Tuesday's turnout by Republicans is not a sign of things to come in November.

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