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Politics

August 3rd Primary Preview

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Election day has rolled around again; Tuesday is Missouri’s primary elections. Polls will open at 6 a.m. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

Voters can visit their polling locations from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the primary elections. Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff predicts the turnout will be better than most primary elections.

“We think we’ll have about 25 to 30% turn out tomorrow, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but compared to the other two elections we had this year that were right around 4%, it’s going to seem very very busy,” said Struckhoff.

In the 2008 primary, 73% of those voters took a Republican ballot. Struckhoff says he expects this year to look much the same.

Along with the candidates for a number of offices, all ballots will include Proposition C. Also known as the Health Care Freedom Act, Prop C was proposed by the Missouri General Assembly as a way for Missouri to opt out of President Obama’s federal healthcare law. Those who vote “yes” on Proposition C will be voting to make the federal healthcare mandate illegal in Missouri.

At the polls, Missourians will have a choice of five ballots: Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Constitution, and issue only.

There have not been any poll location changes since April’s elections. Struckhoff advises voters to check their voter registration cards that were mailed earlier this year. These cards list the most current polling locations for each voter.

A sample ballot is available at www.greenecountymo.org/election/elections_candb_issues.php, and more information can be found at www.greenecountymo.org/election.

For KSMU News, I’m Adam Murphy.