The day after the Presidential Election, Missouri’s Secretary of State’s office published a list indicating how many voters came out to the polls. The list gives numbers all the way down to a county level, and statewide, it estimates voter turnout at 65.7%. That statewide figure is calculated based on the number of registered voters and votes cast. John Petrocik is a professor at MU. He says that method of counting voters doesn’t accurately record the percentage of the total population that votes.
With the election in the rearview mirror, the national parties have spent the last week poring through the results and voter demographic data. Turns out women, young people and Latino voters matter a lot in a presidential race.
Here in Missouri, the results for the U.S. Senate race displayed some similarities.
Cole County and Jefferson City residents voted against extending Jefferson City’s boundaries last week. Proposition One would have extended city limits to include an area called Meadows by the Lake along with two hotels and a store within the area.
City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said there was a high voter turnout, and 65 percent of voters agreed with it. But, the support needed to pass the proposition was still a little short of 66.6 percent. Nickolaus said the reason for the proposition failure could be tied to voters not being informed about it.