Voter turnout isn't expected to be very high in Kansas or Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As people begin to leave work, voting lines are expected to get longer. But in both Kansas and Missouri, voter turnout, at this point, isn't expected to be very high.
Statewide, officials said only about one in every four people will vote. In Kansas, it drops to about one in every five voters casting a ballot which is about the same amount the state had during the 2008 primary.

The trend is the same locally. Johnson County predicts a turnout of 17 to 20 percent. Jackson County anticipates 20 percent.

On the bright side, that means shorter wait times.

“It’s very quick. I’ve been several polling places, and people are ready for them,” Kansas City Board of Election Director Shawn Kieffer said, “You need to come by, get them processed, and you get a ballot in their hand.” 

Some polling places have had some problems. 

In Johnson County, six polling locations scrambled to open on time. 

In Kansas City, Mo., one location didn't open on time because someone slept in this morning. 

"When you try to get 1,000 people to show up at 5 a.m. somewhere, you have people who oversleep and that kind of stuff. You just have to take care of the situation as soon as possible," Kieffer said. 

Polling places in both Kansas and Missouri are open until 7 p.m. 

Polling workers will physically take the memory cards holding people's electronic ballots to the main location at Union Station. 

All results are expected to be in around 10 p.m. 

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