St. Louis Public Radio News
6:39 am
Tue August 5, 2008

No major problems for Mo. voters, except for the heat

Jefferson City, MO – Voter turnout has been mixed so far across Missouri, as citizens choose party nominees for Congress, governor, statewide offices and seats in the State House and Senate.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says, though, that turnout has been high in southwestern Missouri.

"That's one of the more predominantly Republican parts of the state, and I think there was a lot of advertising going on, certainly in the governor's race, there was a primary on that side...and anytime you hear more about the candidates in the races, there's more likely to be high turnout," Carnahan said.

Carnahan also says so far there have been no reports of problems with voting machines or complaints from people trying to vote.

Turnout is lower elsewhere.

As of 1:15 this afternoon, only 164 people had voted at the National Guard Armory in Jefferson City.

Cole County Election Supervisor Donna Cavette believes the heat wave is partly to blame.

"When it rains, it affects people, and I'm sure this heat has something to do with some of the turnout, and people are not coming out because of the weather," Cavette said.

Polls close in Missouri at 7:PM.