Despite declarations of heightened voter interest, St. Louis County’s absentee tallies so far hint at a far lower turnout than in 2010, the last non-presidential statewide election.
County Democratic Elections Director Rita Days reports that 9,698 people had cast absentee ballots at the close of business Saturday. That pace signals that the county won’t reach its 2010 absentee tally of 25,225.
"I don’t think we’re going to make that number,’’ Days said Tuesday. “It looks like a stretch.”
Updated at 1:15 pm to reflect that the maps were drawn by a panel of judges, not the General Assembly.
In the first election after redistricting, it’s not uncommon for former colleagues from the same party to square off for a seat in the Missouri General Assembly.
So the August primary between Democrats Susan Carlson and Stacey Newman for the new 87th District in St. Louis County was nothing unusual - until the unofficial results showed a one-vote margin of victory for Newman. The plot thickened when ballot irregularities made it impossible to conduct a recount.
By now, the two women planned to be helping out other candidates with general election opponents. But instead, they’re back out on the campaign trail for themselves.