Primary voter turnout exceeds expectations

Primary voter turnout comes in well above average for Buchanan and Andrew counties

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 7:10 PM
Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 7:13 PM

(St.Joseph,MO) Tuesday’s primary election brought thousands of voters to the polls in northwest Missouri. In Andrew County election officials saw twice the number of voters this year then had participated in previous primary elections.

Andrew County Clerk Sarah Miller said based on previous primaries, she was anticipating a 18-20 percent voter turnout. Miller was shocked to see 38.55 percent (4,763 votes) participation in the election.

“It was very overwhelming. We are so glad they came out to vote.We were not expecting that many, but it was very good that they came out to vote,” Miller said.

The large turnout made for a tough competition for several candidates in the local elections. In the tight race to become Andrew County’s Recorder of Deeds, Republican Emily Bauman won the election by just one vote.

In Buchanan County, 36.6 percent of registered voters (18,960 people) participated in the primary;which is a 20 percent increase from the average number of people who typically participate in the primary election.

Buchanan County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey said the vote on Missouri’s Prop A initiative brought a lot of people out to vote.

“I think the Prop A really did bring out the turnout. I think a lot of people felt a lot of compassion for that, and a couple of local races here on the ballot as well. I think that’s what really boosted the turnout,”Baack-Garvey said

Baack-Garvey said the final election numbers will change slightly as Buchanan County continues to accept ballots from individuals deployed military until Friday, but does not anticipate this changing outcome of any of the races. The final election results for Buchanan County are expected to be certified by Friday evening.

In both counties the number of Republican voters surpassed Democratic,Green, Libertarian and Constitutional voters.

Baack-Garvey said with the number of statewide ballot measures being placed on the November ballot, she is anticipating another high turnout during the general election.

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