Election authorities prepare for Missouri’s primary election

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Voting-Booths-300x200(Missourinet) – Local election officials are making final preparations for Tuesday’s primary election. Stephanie Fleming with the Secretary of State’s office encourages Missourians to plan ahead before going to the polls.

“Traffic at polling places varies depending on the time of day. Obviously, there are some times, like after 5 o’ clock, the after work crowd, you can anticipate polls being a little busier then and maybe even over the lunch break,” says Fleming.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“What’s really critical is to know that if you’re are in line by 7 p.m., you are entitled to cast a ballot. So it’s just important that you get to your polling place by 7 p.m.,” says Fleming.

Fleming says voting requirements have not changed for Tuesday’s primary election.

“Voters can use those voter cards they receive from their local election authority, they can use a utility bill, they can use a bank statement, you can also use your driver’s license or a student ID from any Missouri institute of higher education,” says Fleming.

A ballot issue that will be in November’s general election will ask Missourians if they want voting requirements to change.

Local election authorities project about 1.2 million Missourians, or 31%, to vote in Tuesday’s primary election.  Buchanan County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey is predicting a turnout of around 28%.