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Cole County Clerk: November saw 63 percent voter turnout

Cole County Clerk: November saw 63 percent voter turnout

December 6th, 2018 by Jeff Haldiman in Local News
Bob Nilges waits behind Elaine Logan Nov. 6, 2018, as both prepare to feed their respective ballots into the reader at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Jefferson City.

Bob Nilges waits behind Elaine Logan Nov. 6,...

Photo by Julie Smith /News Tribune.

Thanks to several highly publicized statewide issues, voters came out in large numbers for the August and November elections, according to figures released this week by Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer.

For the November election, out of 53,240 registered voters, 33,737 ballots were cast. That figures to more than 63 percent of voters turning out. In August, there were 52,483 voters registered in the county and 20,825 votes cast, which totals nearly 40 percent voter turnout.

"Medical marijuana, minimum wage and right to work were among the big reasons I believe we saw these numbers," Korsmeyer said.

Korsmeyer also had a breakdown of the ages of voters:

  • 18-21: 417 in August; 1,036 in November
  • 22-34: 1,991 in August; 4,576 in November
  • 35-44: 2,485 in August; 4,978 in November
  • 45-54: 3,384 in August; 5,877 in November
  • 55-64: 5,137 in August; 7,558 in November
  • 65-74: 4,673 in August; 6,107 in November
  • 75-84: 2,073 in August; 2,706 in November.
  • 85-94: 585 in August; 835 in November.
  • 95+: 32 in August; 49 in November.

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"There were pushes made by us and election officials across the state, along with those involved with the statewide measures, to get young people out to vote, and it worked," Korsmeyer said. "As I went around to the polling locations, I saw a lot of young faces, and that's great."

Korsmeyer also noted the costs to run these elections have been going down since the county got new voting equipment in 2016. He said for the August election, the cost was $72,383 and $71,556 for the November election.

"They're a lot cheaper now than when we used the old punch hole machines," Korsmeyer said. "It cost probably $140,000 in the past, and now we're down to half that amount. The programming and printing costs are a lot cheaper with the new machines."