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Polling places will be ready to handle primaries, election officials say

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State election officials said they are expecting a high voter for Missouri's primary elections, the highest in ten years, all thanks to the tight race for governor.

Officials are predicting that 31 percent of registered Missouri voters are expected to head to the polls across the state, making it the highest turnout since 2004. But in St. Louis County, the turnout is expected to be at normal levels: 25 percent of registered voters.

But despite the poll problems that occurred in April, the St. Louis County election officials said they are ready today’s election.

Back in the spring, voters were turned away at the polls due to low supplies of paper ballots. They were told to come back later in the day.

Elections Director Eric Fey was suspended for two weeks without pay following the incident. He spent the last several months moving forward and getting ready for the election this time around.

Fey said a lot of preparations were made in order to be ready for today's election. Among those preparations were testing the voting machines, processing thousands of absentee ballots, and training poll workers. 

“We’ve reformulated our proofing process for how we proof our ballot order, that’s one thing,” Fey said.

“But the main difference voters will see is we’ll have our touch screen voting machines out at the polling place.”

Not all voters will get to use the touch screens to cast their vote, however. Fey said that technology will be available to about 75-80 percent of voters today.

Fey also said while operations are expected to run smoothly, he encourages patience among voters. 

Polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. 

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