One-third of Cole County voters expected at the polls on Tuesday

More than a third of registered voters in Cole County are expected to vote Tuesday.

Thanks to interest in the races for federal and state political office, Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer predicts a 35% turnout for Tuesday’s primary election.

“That would be what we normally average for an August primary, 30-35%,” Korsmeyer said.

The heightened interest isn’t just limited to statewide and legislative races, Korsmeyer said. The only contested race at the county office will also attract voters, he added. It’s the race for the circuit clerk where incumbent Dawnel Davidson takes on challenger Mark Eichholz. Both are Republicans; whoever wins has no challenger in the November general election.

With the primary just days away, Korsmeyer said all poll worker positions had been filled.

He noted a change of polling station for this election. Voters who vote for the Knights of Columbus in Taos will vote in the basement rather than upstairs due to ongoing renovations to the building.

Additionally, Korsmeyer wanted to remind voters that photo ID is not required when they come to vote on Tuesday, but will be in November.

Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill in June that contains a slew of changes to state election laws, including requiring photo ID to vote.

Under the law, acceptable photo ID includes an unexpired Missouri driver’s license or ID card. Other approved IDs include unexpired passports and military photo IDs.

As voters make plans for Tuesday, the News Tribune has compiled all of its coverage of the Aug. 2 primary election online at

During this election season, the News Tribune also hosted four election forums for contested state legislative races. Videos of these forums are available on the City of Jefferson’s YouTube channel.

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