Numbers from the Secretary of State indicate that 93 percent of eligible Missouri voters are registered and could vote today, that means poll lines could be long.
Despite the long line predictions, most Missourians should not have to stand in line for hours to vote, said Secretary of State Robin Carnahan..
"When you’re planning your time to go to the polls, remember the polls open at 6 and close at 7," she said. "If you are in line by 7 o’clock, you get to vote no matter how long that takes, it could take two more hours, you still get to vote if you’re in line at 7 o’clock. If you’re in line at 7:05 you don’t get to vote, so don’t cut it close, be sure and get there in time."
No matter how long the lines are, Carnahan said it is important to stay and cast your ballot.
"This is a historic election," she said. "People’s voices need to be heard. I think the miracle of our democracy is that we let everybody’s voice be heard and the only way you get to do that is to cast your vote."
In order to vote, you must bring some form of identification. Carnahan has some additional suggestions for making your time in the booth go as quickly and as smoothly as possible.
"If it takes a little extra time, allow for that," she said, "You can make it go quicker if you get prepared before hand and you can do that by going to GoVoteMissouri.com making sure you know where you’re polling place is and at that same place you can look at your sample ballot and be prepared and know how you want to vote before you get into the voting booth."
You can also request a paper ballot, which may make your time in line shorter because you can vote quicker and more people can vote using a paper ballot at the same time.