Change in polling places may contribute to low voter turnout

4 years 1 week 2 days ago Monday, November 03 2014 Nov 3, 2014 Monday, November 03, 2014 3:01:00 PM CST November 03, 2014 in News
By: Kelly Skehen, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Christina Santiago KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Poll place volunteers and early voters bustled around the Boone County Government Center Wednesday afternoon preparing for election day. Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren is the force upstairs tying the chaos together around election day for Boone County.

When asked about Secretary of State Jason Kander's recent voter turnout predictions, Noren said Kander may be correct about low voter turnout, but the real issue is knowing where your polling place is. 

"It's important that they check and make sure that they're going to the correct polling place. And that they check their address, that they've got their current address on file with us. Otherwise, they'll be going to the wrong polling place," said Noren. 

There are 60 polling places for the general election this year and Noren said voters need to be aware their polling places may have changed from four years ago.

Secretary of State Jason Kander and local election officials said they predict only 39.18 percent of voters will go to the polls Tuesday. This is down almost 10 percent from the November 2, 2010 election, according to the Missouri Voter Turnout Report.

Political Science professor at the University of Missouri, Marvin Overby said people do not vote about things they don't care about or don't know much about and that is why the voter turnout numbers are expected to be low. There is not a huge, hot-button issue on the ballot for Missouri this year such as a presidential or governors race, and Overby said that is what usually brings people out to the polls.

That generally requires a national election, or at least a high-profile, contentious, competitive state-wide election, and we just don't have that on the ballot this year," said Overby.

Noren agreed with this, but she said not being informed on poll location will be a large factor in low voter turnout. She said people can call her office or look online to see where their polling location is.

 

 

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