Thousands of KC metro voters cast ballots ahead of election

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 17:23:20-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hundreds of thousands of voters in the Kansas City metro are expected to cast their votes in Tuesday’s general election.

Shawn Kieffer, of the Kansas City, Missouri, Election Board, said he anticipates 150,000 of the city’s 227,000 registered voters will head to the polls. Roughly 153,000 voted in 2008’s presidential election, he said.

Absentee ballots in KCMO will account for roughly 30% to 35% of votes — or more than 55,000, according to Kieffer.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, the Clay County Election Board had received nearly 41,000 mail-in or absentee ballots.

In Johnson County, Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt reported that 265,564 voters — or 59% — had cast their ballots ahead of Election Day.

Platte County reported roughly 18,000 absentee ballots had been submitted by 4 p.m. Monday, compared to 5,500 absentee ballots in 2016.

Those heading to the polls on Tuesday can find answers to frequently asked questions on the KSHB Election Guide.