There is an estimate for low voter turnout in Missouri according to the Secretary of States Office
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There is an estimate for low voter turnout in Missouri according to the Secretary of States Office

Date: November 3, 2014
By: Katie Hynes
State Capitol Bureau

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The Secretary of State is predicting that only a little more than a third of Missouri voters will go to the polls for Tuesday's election.
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Wrap: According to the Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, the voter turnout is estimated to be about 39 percent.

The voter turnout is determined by comparing the number of people who have applied for an absentee ballot and previous voting records for the midterm election.

MU Political Science professor Marvin Overby says there cannot be a scientific way to collect an estimate of how many people will be voting on November 4th.

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Description: "It's not a science because you know, you can't hold a gun to people's heads and ask them, you know, truthfully if they're gonna turn out to vote or not."

Overby says that estimation is high and belives there could be lower turnout in other areas of the state.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.

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Low voter turnout on Tuesday's election may be due to Missourian's low interest about what is on the ballot.
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Wrap: According to Secretary of State Jason Kander nearly 60 percent of all Missouri voters will stay home on election day.

MU Political Science professor Marvin Overby says the estimation is lower than he thinks it will be.   

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Description: "Voters just tend to be much more disengaged because there are not offices on the ballot that they care that much and there are not names on the ballot that they know that much about."

Kander's office got the average by comparing every county's absentee ballot requests and past voting records.

The midterm elections are Tuesday, November 4th.

Reporting from the state Capitol, Katie Hynes.   

Intro: 
Estimates show nearly 60 percent of Missouri voters will not vote in the midterm elections and one University professor believes that's a low estimate.
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Wrap: According to Secretary of State Jason Kander, around 40 percent of Missouri voters will vote in the election on Tuesday, November 4th.

MU Political Science professor Marvin Overby says the estimate is too high.  

Actuality:  OVERBY3.WAV
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Description: "39 percent may be an optimistic guess. I think in many parts of the state that number may, may actually be much lower."

Overby says the lack of participation may be due to voters lack of knowledge about candidates and lack of interest in ballot issues.

Voter turnout is determined by comparing past midterm election turnouts and the number of absentee ballot applications.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.


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