St. Charles County officials preparing for big voter turnout -

St. Charles County officials preparing for big voter turnout

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. ( -

St. Charles County officials say a record number of people are registered to vote in their county ahead of the 2016 election.

Long lines are expected on election day at many of the more than 120 polling places in the county. Many will have new equipment, something officials hope will help move voters in and out faster.

St. Charles County Elections Director Rich Chrismer told News 4 he expects turnout to be between 84-87 percent, which is around normal. However, new voters and passion about the candidates could push turnout higher.

“It could go higher because the number of voter registrations coming into county is over 10,000. That tells me people are excited and want to get out and vote. So I wouldn’t be surprised if we hit 90 percent,” said Chrismer.

The record for voter turnout in St. Charles County was set in 2004, when 93 percent of voters made their way to the polls.

Around 500 people a day are currently voting absentee, a number that is down from previous elections. However, more people have been requesting mail-in ballots than in past years.

Chrismer also addressed talk that the election is rigged.

“We here this every election,” Chrismer said. “And to be totally honest there is.”

Chrismer said there are not wide scale problems, however, and added he has confidence in the system.

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