Low voter turnout expected at today's primary

ST. LOUIS – Low voter turnout is expected for Tuesday's primary election in Missouri.

In St. Louis County, only 20 percent of registered voters are expected to show up at polls. That's one of the lowest projections in Missouri. St. Charles County expects a 35 percent turnout, and the City of St. Louis says about 25 percent of its registered voters will visit the polls.

St. Louis County voters will cast ballots supporting a candidate for St. Louis County executive. The Republican race features state Rep. Rick Stream facing off against Green Park Alderman Tony Pousosa, while the Democratic ticket includes incumbent Charlie Dooley, St. Louis County Council member Steve Stenger, and Ronald Levy.

Five amendments are on the ballot, which could alter the state's constitution by a simple majority vote.

Amendment 1 is the so-called "right to farm" amendment. Supporters say it will protect family farmers and ranchers from government over-reach, but critics say it helps large, factory farms and could open the door to increased foreign ownership.

Amendment 5 adds language that fortifies the right to keep and bear arms, Amendment 7 asks voters to impose a three-quarters of one percent sales tax for road improvements, Amendment 8 would establish the Missouri Veterans Lottery Ticket, and Amendment 9 would extend privacy protection to cell phones and emails.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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