Jim Collier fills out his School Municipal Election ballot at the Columbia Public Library on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Edit | Remove

Polling locations around Columbia had varying turnout for the School Municipal Elections on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. As of 3 p.m., some polling locations had several hundred voters while others had less than a hundred.

Nono Jost, an election official at the Columbia Public Library, said 280 voters had turned out so far.

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The Missouri Secretary of State predicts that only 40 percent of Missourians will vote.  MU Professor of Political Science Marvin Overby thinks age could be a factor in the low numbers.

“Older people tend to have more essentially at stake in a given election," Overby said. "Especially when there are matters on the ballot like taxes, raising homeowner rates. Younger people are less likely to have a financial investment in a community, less likely to be taxpayers and therefore find themselves less motivated to vote.”

Commentary: The Polls

Oct 30, 2012
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Here’s a political quiz:

Which of the following is more annoying?

  1. Non-stop attack ads on your TV
  2. Public opinion pollsters calling your phone
  3. Both of the above are equally annoying

C is the correct answer, unless a pollster calls during dinner, in which case the correct answer is b.  Or if it is a female calling, it would be a pollstress, I suppose.

SOS issues Missouri voter turnout predictions

Oct 30, 2012
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The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office announced in a press release today that it predicts 72 percent of Missouri’s registered voters will vote in the November 6 general election.