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Voter Turnout Falls Short of Clerk's Expectations

According to Buchanan County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey, voter turnout Tuesday fell short of her expectations.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Voter turnout for elections in Buchanan County Tuesday fell short of the County Clerk's expectations.

Close to 32 percent of registered voters turned out for Tuesday's elections after a slow start.

According to Buchanan County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey, voter turnout was at about 10 percent by midday Tuesday. A little more than 5,200 voters had cast a ballot by 11 a.m.

By 3 o'clock p.m., that number climbed to 18.5 percent or approximately 9,600 voters.

Garvey said the turnout seemed low early considering how busy they have been at the polling sites throughout the city. She anticipated a turnout of about 40 percent.

Voters in St. Joseph approved a smoking ban in public places. Four of six incumbents in contested races won re-election and two new members were elected to the St. Joseph School Board, among other ballot measures.

Follow KQ2 News for election updates throughout the evening. Results will be available on air, online and on the KQ2 mobile app.
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