Missouri’s presidential primary is today, but the Secretary of State says there’s not a lot of incentive to drive voters out to the polls.
Voters will have a choice to say who they want to run for president in the general election, but the decision is non-binding. Caucuses in March will decide how the state’s delegates are allocated for the Republican Party nomination. Those delegates will attend the August national convention in Tampa.
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says only about one in four voters — 23 percent — are expected to turn out.
One of the republican party’s main contenders won’t even be on the ballot today. Newt Gingrich didn’t meet Missouri’s filing deadline or pay the thousand dollar fee to join. Republican candidates include Gary Johnson, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Michael Meehan, Rick Perry, Keith Drummond, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.
Democrats are: Barack Obama, Randall Terry, Darcy G. Richardson, John Wolfe.
There are several local issues throughout the state, including tax increases, mayoral and commissioner races and school bond issues.