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Low Voter Turnout Prediced for August Primary

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Election officials expect a low voter turnout for the August 8th primary, something that is typical for a primary election. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Voters head to the polls next Tuesday to decide party primaries.

There will also be on the ballot a state soils tax question and several questions for local municipalities in Southwest Missouri.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan predicts a 26 percent voter turnout for Tuesday's election.

Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff says he expects a lower turnout locally.

Struckhoff says this will be a complicated election for his office.

Every precinct will have a touch screen voting booth designed for disabled voters.

And this is the first year that Missouri has had a centralized database of voters.

And Struckhoff says it will get even more challenging as his office prepares for the November election when voters will be required for the first time to present government issued photo identification at the polls.