A record-breaking more than three million votes are projected to be cast in Missouri for Tuesday’s general election. Secretary of State Spokeswoman Stephanie Fleming tells Missourinet the prediction is based on data from local election authorities.
“Those can be based on factors such as historical turnout. They send those to our office and we just average all of those for a statewide picture,” says Fleming. “As we all know, the turnout that really matters is on Election Day.”
Turnout for the 2012 general election was about 66% in Missouri. The 2008 general election was called a record voter turnout at the time, with about 70% of Missourians casting votes.
According to the Center for Public Integrity, Missouri leads the nation in political ad spending for the governor’s, lieutenant governor’s, attorney general’s and state treasurer’s races. More than $33 million has been spent on ads for the governor’s race and the attorney general’s race includes about $14.3 million in ad spending. In Missouri’s lieutenant governor’s race, candidates have purchased about $2.9 million in political ads. The state treasurer’s race includes about $1.1 million in such advertising.
Polls will be open statewide Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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