About 72 percent of the state's voters are expected to participate next week.

The Missouri secretary of state’s office announced that 72 percent of Missouri’s registered voters are predicted to vote in next week’s General Election. This estimate is a compilation of local turnout predictions submitted to the secretary of state’s office by the 116 local election authorities around the state. In Texas County, County Clerk Don Troutman predicts 70 percent.

“During my time in office, we’ve worked diligently with local election officials to ensure Missourians can have confidence in an election system that is fair, accurate and secure,” said Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. “I encourage all eligible Missourians to take the time to vote on Nov. 6 and make their voices heard.”

If the 72 percent prediction is attained, more than three million of Missouri’s 4,190,936 registered voters will cast ballots in the election. In the 2008 general election, actual voter turnout in Missouri was just above 69 percent.

Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Unofficial results will be updated on the Missouri secretary of state’s website (www.sos.mo.gov) and at www.houstonherald.com throughout election night. Voters can also visit www.GoVoteMissouri.com to verify their registration, find their polling place location, view a sample ballot and know their options for acceptable voting identification to take to the polls.

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