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Turnout high in Jasper County

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It's a great turnout in Jasper County, Missouri according to county clerk Bonnie Earl.

Steady streams of voters filed into polling places and Earl believes turnout could top her earlier prediction of 50% of those registered in the county.

By 10 a.m., some polling places topped 600 votes, others with precincts counting 350 to 400 votes at that morning hour.

Earl credits the presidential race, the tobacco tax, and nice weather with bringing more people out to vote.

This afternoon a bipartisan team worked with election office crews in Jasper County to count the absentee ballots.

More than 5,000 absentee ballots were counted.

The counting machine quickly scans both sides of the ballots, recording votes cast for candidates and issues.

How quickly results can be tabulated hinges on how fast poll workers can close up polling places and bring ballots and machine tapes back to the courthouse after the last voter casts a ballot, which could be long after 7 p.m.

Under Missouri state law polls close exactly at 7 p.m.  Earl says those in line at 7 p.m. will get to vote but those who arrive after 7 p.m. can not.

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