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Low Voter Turnout Expected for April's General Election

In less than one month, voters will choose who should run St. Joseph, but just how many people actually show up to vote?

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 2:30 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It is crunch time for local officials, but with consistent low turnout, is this year the same as the rest?

Since 2002, every four years the municipal election sees about 30 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. In 2014, that was about 31 percent.

We spoke with election experts to find out how we will measure up this year. In less than one month, voters will choose who should run St. Joseph, but just how many people actually show up to vote?

Buchanan's county clerk says just a fraction of registered voters.

"I would say the average is about every four years is 25 to 30 percent," County clerk Mary Baack-Garvey said.

Voter turnout is even less on odd number years.

Baack-Garvey says it's always difficult to predict voter turnout, but one indication that this year may be a big local election year.

"I mean 28 people filing here for the city positions that's just amazing," KFEQ Debate Host Barry Birr said. "We haven't seen that in quite a while."

Baack-Garvey says she's still planning on about 30 percent of registered voters showing up. At the same time, she hopes she's wrong.

"I hope that people turnout, you know, it's their local candidates making decisions right here for their taxes," Baack-Garvey said. "So, I really hope people show up and vote."

The Buchanan County Clerk's office will test equipment and make sure everything is ready for election day. Baack-Garvey says her office will be ready for any kind of turnout.

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