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Jackson County Election Board hopes for 20 percent voter turnout

Posted at 7:14 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 20:14:51-04

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Jackson County Election Board scrambled to make big changes to Tuesday's election.

Tammy Brown, Jackson County Election Board Director, said she is hopeful for a 20 percent turnout, but she realizes not everyone will feel comfortable coming to the polls.

"We were very nervous about how people would react, and you're going to have some people that won't go vote just because they're not leaving their house, but the majority are pleased when they walk in," Brown said.

Brown said the board consolidated its original 131 polling locations down to 43 and placed them all in large areas such as school gyms and libraries.

Brown said the reason for condensing the locations was partly due to lack of judges to fill them.

Voters were pleased to see adequate hand sanitizer and spacing at the Midwest Genealogy Center Library.

Juantia Davis of Independence said she liked the layout of the voting room that had plenty of space.

"I'm in that high age group so it's good to see," Davis said.

Rhonda Altieri of Independence said it felt good to be out and about.

"I haven't been out for three weeks, not even out of the house," Altieri said.

Independence resident Ted Zembrzuski said he preferred the spaced out style of voting.

"This is nice, everything is wide open, definitely much better than they have been," Zembrzuski said.