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Voters Go to Polls in Missouri Presidential Primary with Strategy;Some Discontented with Choices

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  Good weather for the presidential primary brought bigger numbers of voters to  local polling places. Jasper county clerk Marilyn Baugh predicts more than thirty percent of registered voters will cast ballots in the primary.

In talking to voters at polling places, one name was mentioned a lot but it wasn't always in the positive.

Olive Morris got a ballot to vote for the very first time in her life.

What brought her out now?

Morris said, "Truthfully, I didn't want Trump in." 

The anti-candidate vote was common among others too.

Dixie Atkins, a Missouri Southern State University student said, "Well frankly, Trump could very well get the republican nomination and that’s scares me to death. And I voted for Bernie Sanders. I'm very big with advocacy for him."

Sanders was also the choice for Morris. She explains, "Because he's not Trump or Hillary."

Not a ringing endorsement but the struggle to find a definitive candidate is true for voters in all parties.

Lloyd Stanley said he usually votes with the Republican party. He said, "I didn't really feel like I had much of a choice because there’s not a lot of good candidates out there. Because there's a lot of misgivings about  a lot of  them, so I  just kind of tried to pick the lesser of the evils." 

Others said they are tired of regular politicians.

Gerald Keller, a veteran said, "Yeah, I think we need a bully in there. Enough said?" 

Jerrell Cook, another veteran out rightly supports Donald Trump. He said of Trump, "He more or less seems like he speaks his mind and that’s what the American people want to hear. And I believe they can see he's in it for the American people.  He's got nothing to gain. He don't need the job."

Election judges said a steady stream of voters were casting ballots. Some coming with a strategy and even switching parties.

Election judge Virginia Gormely said,  "Democrats have said a lot of them  are gonna vote for Donald Trump because they feel Hillary can beat him."

No matter who they support, it’s a right these some voters said all should exercise.

Keller said, "If you don’t vote you can’t complain."

And first time voter Morris said getting choked up emotionally afterwards, "It’s an exciting experience and I’m sorry I didn’t  take advantage of it earlier."

      The Jasper county clerk says she received a number of calls throughout the day from polling places where there were address change issues.

     In order for you to be registered correctly you must contact the courthouse if there is an address change.

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