By Evin Fritschle
Missourian Staff Writer
Voter turnout in Franklin County and across the state is expected to reach over 70 percent in Tuesday’s general election, according to election officials.
Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door said this week she expects 71 to 73 percent of registered voters in the county will cast ballots.
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s office predicted a similar figure, 72 percent, for statewide turnout.
Carnahan’s office said the estimate was a compilation of local turnout predictions submitted by local election authorities, like Door, from around the state.
Door said in 2008, Franklin County voter turnout was 73.8 percent.
She estimated 71 to 73 percent, a slight decrease, because of a drop in absentee ballots.
Door said four years ago, 3,638 absentee ballots were cast.
“So far, we have only 2,942 absentee ballots requested,” she said Wednesday. Door said about 2,300 of those ballots have already been returned to her office.
Carnahan said in a press release this week she hopes her estimate is low.
“I encourage all eligible Missourians to take the time to vote on Nov. 6 and make their voices heard,” she said.
During the last presidential general election, 69 percent of registered Missouri voters made it to the polls on Election Day, or cast absentee ballots.
If Door’s prediction is correct, 49,481 to 50,745 people will cast ballots in Franklin County. The county has 69,691 registered voters.
In 2008, there were 67,505 registered voters in Franklin County.
Carnahan’s prediction means more than 3 million of the state’s roughly 4.2 million registered voters will vote Tuesday.
Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Registered voters in Franklin County should have received notification cards in the mail, informing them of their voting precinct.
Those who did not receive a card but believe they are registered to vote, or those who need additional information, may call the clerk’s office at 636-583-6355.