Voter turnout has been heavy in portions of Missouri this morning, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
Missouri election officials are predicting that 72 percent of the state's registered voters will cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election.
If it's borne out, the turnout predicted Tuesday by the secretary of state's office would be the highest in Missouri in quite some time.
More than 69 percent of Missouri voters cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election. The 2000 and 2004 elections both saw smaller turnouts than that.
A 72 percent turnout would equate to more than 3 million of Missouri's nearly 4.2 million registered voters casting ballots.
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.
Fewer than one-fourth of Missouri's registered voters cast ballots in this year's primary elections.
The secretary of state's office said Wednesday that 23 percent of the state's nearly 4.1 million registered voters actually voted in Tuesday's primary.
The top draw was a constitutional amendment expanding the right to pray in public places, which attracted a total of nearly 943,000 votes while easily passing.
About twice as many people cast Republican ballots as Democratic ballots — led by the GOP race for U.S. Senate, won by Congressman Todd Akin.