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.”