ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – 200,000 city residents are registered to vote and up to 25 percent are them are expected to cast a ballot in the Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday.
Democratic Director of Elections Mary Wheeler-Jones says bi-partisan safeguards are in place to ensure the election is clean.
“It’s always hard to pull any shenanigans,” she said. “We have very sharp poll workers, very sharp managers, and very sharp rovers who will be out there. Rovers are the ones who ride around in the different wards with police escorts.”
All ballot boxes receive a police escort from the polling place to the election headquarters for counting. There are 122 polling places in the city with 1,100 poll workers. The polls are open from six o’clock Tuesday morning until seven o’clock Tuesday night.
As for her estimate of 50,000 voters, Wheeler-Jones says that depends on the weather.
“Of course, inclement weather does affect turnouts,” she said. “I’ve heard different broadcasts. While there may be some rain or snow, it sounds like it’s going to be as high as 40 degrees. It’s up in the air with turnout based on weather.”