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    With the Missouri and Illinois Primary Elections quickly approaching, voters are getting prepared to cast their ballots. News 4 has all the important information and dates voters need to know about before they head to the polls. 

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    With the Missouri and Illinois Primary Elections quickly approaching, voters are getting prepared to cast their ballots. News 4 has all the important information and dates voters need to know about before they head to the polls. 

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP/KMOV.com) — Voters in Missouri and Illinois will be making their presidential choices in what could be a pivotal primary election day for some candidates.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for primary voters. Residents in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio are also holding presidential primaries.

Residents in Missouri say the state may not have the delegate count of some of the larger states, but what is at stake is perception.

Bill Hall, a Webster University professor said, “If you can’t win the perception is that you’re not a winner. So regardless of the size of the delegates, I think all the candidates want to register wins.”

But others say the feeling is mixed on the impact Missouri will have.

Ken Warren, a Saint Louis University professor said, “It’s not a winner-take-all. Not going to be a do-or-die state for candidates.”

Officials said St. Louis County received over 15,000 absentee ballots.

Officials said 40 percent is about average for a primary in a presidential election year. Officials also said if tradition holds, voter turnout in the fall of 2016 is projected to be between 55 – 58 percent. According to officials, the older voters turn out in greater numbers.

“Turn out among young [voters] has always been historically low and that’s always been a problem with people like Sanders or going way back to Eugene McCarthy years ago. They talk a good game but when push comes to shove, they don’t turn out and vote,” said Warren.

Republican billionaire businessman Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz both campaigned in Missouri and Illinois during the final days before the primary. So did Democrats Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

What voters need to know for Primary Elections

Victories by Clinton and Trump could help shore up their national front-runner status. But victories by Cruz or Sanders could give them new momentum.

In Illinois, 182 delegates are at stake for the Democrats and 69 for the Republicans. In Missouri, 84 delegates are at stake for Democrats and 54 for Republicans.

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