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Missouri presidential primary sets low turnout record

Friday, February 10, 2012 | 11:14 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Just 8 percent of Missouri's registered voters cast ballots in this week's presidential primary.

The turnout was the lowest ever for a presidential primary in Missouri. The lack of participation likely stems from the fact that the Republican results did not count toward awarding any delegates to the Republican National Convention.

The Democratic results did count for delegates, but President Barack Obama faced no serious opposition.

Figures from the secretary of state's office show that nearly 252,000 people voted in the Republican primary, won by Rick Santorum. Nearly 73,000 voted in the Democratic primary.

The turnout was far less than the 23 percent that had been projected by local election officials. In fact, only Barry County exceeded that threshold. Barely 3 percent voted in New Madrid County.


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paul smith February 13, 2012 | 1:02 a.m.

Why would the State of Missouri pay for an election that didn't count?
To help the cities and counties pay for the cost of putting these tax increases on the ballot..

All these COUNTIES AND CITIES tax measures passed.

Barry County, Missouri ballot measures
a Barry County 911 Emergency Levy Increase (February 2012)

Buchanan County Sales Tax Implementation (February 2012)
Republic City Sales Tax Continuation (February 2012) (also in Greene County)
a Republic City Water & Sewage Fee Amendment Question (February 2012) (also in Greene County)

a Nixa School District Bond Measure (February 2012) (also in Stone County)

See also: Greene County, Missouri ballot measures
a Springfield Business E-Verify Hiring Ordinance (February 2012)

a Republic City Sales Tax Continuation (February 2012) (also in Christian County)
a Republic City Water & Sewage Fee Amendment Question (February 2012) (also in Christian County)

a Willard City Sales Tax Implementation (February 2012)

See also: Laclede County, Missouri ballot measures
a Laclede County Sales Tax Continuation (February 2012)

See also: St. Charles County, Missouri ballot measures
a St Peters City Hotel Levy Increase (February 2012

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