Missouri Counties Prepare for 2016 Election


CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Mo. —  Believe it or not, we are only one week away from what many people are calling one of the most controversial and important elections in U.S. history.

Early voting states, like Arkansas, have been seeing extremely long lines.

While Missouri does not do “early voting,” absentee ballots are continuing to flow into counties across the show me state.

“We are preparing supply bags, preparing all the equipment,” said Christian County Clerk Kay Brown.  “To be up and ready for the election.”

“It’s one of the most important elections probably ever,” said Voter Lansing Warner.

While the leaves outside change, so do people’s minds.

“I can’t really side with either one,” said Warner.

“Both are bad,” added Voter Clint Jaqs.  “But I might as well make a decision and choose which one I think is right for the country.”

In Christian County, there are close to 9,000 more voters this year than in 2008.

“Estimating what we experienced from the presidential primary in March and what absentees are showing now, we are going to have a larger turnout than we did in 2008 and 2012,” said Brown.

Which brings to light the big question– does that mean a longer wait?

“I’m hoping not to have long lines,” said Brown.  “I have not had those kinds of long waits in Christian County.  I’m not saying we won’t this time– but this time I have extra judges at polling locations.”

The stars and stripes will come to life next Tuesday, as the ballots are brought in for one of the most patriotic days in America.

“I think where you’ll see the longest line– is people going over their ballots,” said Brown.  “Making sure they vote the way they would like to.”

In 2008, Christian County received around 4,300 absentee ballots.  Right now, they’re at just over 2,500.

In 2008, there was a 78% voter turnout in Christian County.  Brown says he anticipates an at least 80% voter turnout this year.

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