Missouri voter turnout down from 2008

--Approximately 65.7 percent of registered voters participated in elections earlier this year, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said Wednesday.

Voter turnout was down from both 2008 — when 69 percent of registered voters cast their ballots — and from Carnahan’s own prediction of 72 percent. About 2.7 million cast ballots this year, with the highest turnout reported from Osage County.

“I want to commend our local election officials and the nearly 20,000 poll workers around the state for their efforts and dedication on Election Day,” Carnahan said. “These Missourians have played a critical role in implementing significant changes during my time in office and ensuring the elections process works for our voters on Election Day.”

According to the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, voter turnout nationally averaged at 57.5 percent.

The state certified the results of the November general election, clearing the way for the state’s 10 Republican presidential electors to cast their ballots later this month.