Election Day is just one day away and Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada has estimated voter turnout at its highest for a municipal election in about 10 years.
La Strada said he estimates voter turnout for Tuesday’s municipal election will be between 14 and 18 percent. Turnout in 2015 was about 10 percent.
“From the roll over from the March election this year, having two at the same time I think people are ready (for the April election) after having the March election,” he explained. “With that overlapping I think it’s going to bring it up a little more and there are a lot of contested races. Absentee votes are a lot higher than usual, about 546 absentees (as of Friday morning). We were already higher three weeks ago than we were last year for the entire April election.”
La Strada said voter turnout for Pettis County municipal elections has averaged between 10 and 12 percent for the last 10 years.
“My estimation (for Tuesday) would be between 14 to 18 percent turnout, a lot higher than usual for a municipal race, which is good,” he said. “Hopefully we can get more of a turnout but that’s my estimate for Tuesday. … I think people are engaged in the process for this one as well.”
Today is the last day for absentee voting, which can be done at the clerk’s office on the second floor of the Pettis County Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Polls are open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. La Strada reminded voters to bring their driver’s license or their voter ID card. His office began sending out election reminders this year, starting with the Presidential Preference Primary in March, and he said it has been a big help for both his office and for voters.
“Voter reminders have really helped out, it for sure educates (voters) on where to go and for the voters and workers as well, it makes the process go quicker and faster on election day. Our voters have always done really well. We had almost 40 percent turnout in March and everyone had their card or license on hand when they went.
“… The voter reminders have been awesome — people are calling and say they like them. A lot of people say they didn’t know there was an election, so this helps with that and it helps keep our voter registration list up to date.”
Ballots can be viewed online at pettiscomo.com so voters can be prepared before getting a ballot Tuesday.
For name or address changes, voters should call the clerk’s office at 660-826-5000 ext. 918 or La Strada’s cellphone at 660-281-7767.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.