Voter turnout early Tuesday in Mo. higher

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Some parts of Missouri are reporting higher than expected voter turnout.

Dave Reinhart, with the Clay County Board of Elections, says turnout by mid-afternoon Tuesday in the county near Kansas City was about 50 percent, better than the 40 percent he expected. St. Charles officials in eastern Missouri say they are predicting a voter turnout of 65 to 70 percent.

The secretary of state's office has predicted a statewide turnout of about 50 percent of registered voters.

In Boone County in central Missouri, clerk Wendy Noren says she was hoping for 60,000 voters to cast ballots. She says as of Tuesday afternoon, turnout was steady but not as busy as in the 2006 mid-term election.