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Kander forecasts slim Missouri voter turnout for Tuesday

With few hot races to draw them, most Missouri voters will avoid their polling places on Tuesday.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, the state’s chief election official, has predicted a turnout of 39.8 percent.

Kander compiled the forecast based on predictions from local election authorities around the state.

If the 39.8 percent estimate is met, more than 1.6 million votes will be cast.

Only one statewide race is on the ballot in Missouri, and that’s a contest for state auditor. But Democrats opted not to post a candidate, so Republican incumbent Tom Schweich is expected to cruise to an easy win.

Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Unofficial results will be updated on the Missouri secretary of state’s website here throughout election night.

Voters can find the address of their polling place, view a sample ballot and learn what type of identification to bring at