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Winter Weather Takes a Toll on St. Joseph Primary Election

With an impending winter storm, an already slow turnout could be even more negatively affected by inclement weather.
(St. Joseph, Mo.) Those running the polls for the St. Joseph City Council primary say they may have taken a hit because of today's snow storm.
 
At the National Guard Armory, the election judges say it was busiest before sunrise.

Later in the morning they saw a decline in the number of people coming out to vote.

Supervisor Glen Drake says he's done elections for more than a decade, and has seen snow fall on an election day before.

Drake says his precinct has a plan if the weather gets too bad.

"If it gets really heavy I would expect that we will have very very few voters," Drake said.  "And if it really gets bad we'll just have a skeleton crew here and we'll try to send as many people home as we can."

The polls in Buchanan County opened at six o'clock this morning, and will remain open until seven o'clock tonight.

At 11:00am, Buchanan County clerk Mary Baack-Garvey issued an update on the voter turnout for all precincts.

Her numbers at midday reflect her initial prediction of a 10% voter turnout.
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