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Counties reporting registration issues, low voter turnout during presidential primary election

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Counties across Mid-Missouri are reporting low voter turnout in addition to some voters registration problems at polling locations.

Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon reported at 4 p.m that 21 percent of voters had come to the polls.

Lennon said the low turnout is likely because Missouri's primary follows Super Tuesday, in which 14 states held their primary elections. She said the excitement could be lower after Super Tuesday because each primary affects the next.

The Cole and Miller County clerks both said voter turnout has been lower than expected. They could not provide exact numbers as of 4 p.m.

The Miller and Osage county clerks told ABC17 News they have experienced issues scanning IDs during the check-in process.

Osage County Clerk Nicci Bouse-Kammerich said the issue stemmed from a technical glitch during the upload process. She said it was fixed midday Tuesday and affected a handful of voters.

Bouse-Kammerich said voters who experienced the issue are able to do a provisional ballot.

Miller County Clerk Clinton Jenkins said the issue they are having is with some voters who registered to vote online and were required to show their ID for verification

"For some reason, it's showing they are not 18 and eligible to vote," Jenkins said.

Jenkins said he spoke with the Secretary of State's Office, which said the issue was not on its end. He said the issue is coming from their check-in software provider, Temex, which is aware of the issue.

Jenkins said they would be unable to fix the issue Tuesday, but it is not causing any major problems.

"It's not causing any voters not to vote," Jenkins said.

He said about 15 voters were affected by the issue.

The Cole and Boone County clerks said they have not heard of any issues as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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Connor Hirsch

Connor Hirsch reports for the weekday night shows, as well as Sunday nights.


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