Missouri voter turnout tops 3 million for first time

70% turnout falls short of state record
Election 2020 Missouri Voting
Posted at 8:15 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 21:15:35-05

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — More than 3 million Missourians cast ballots in Tuesday's presidential election.

The turnout exceeded the previous high mark of 2.9 million voters in the 2008 presidential election.

But the 70% turnout rate fell a little short of the 75% threshold that had been forecast by local election officials.

The state's turnout percentage peaked at 78% in the 1992 elections, when there were at least a million fewer registered voters than there are today.

Locally, Platte County reported more than 82% turnout and eastern Jackson County reported 80% turnout, according to final unofficial results. Cass County finished just shy of 79% and Clay County fell just shy of 75%, but turnout in Kansas City, Missouri, came in at less than 60%.

41 Action News staff contributed to this report.

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