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Tuesday's Primary Voting Turnout Projected Down from 2004's

Today voters will decide party candidates for November's general election. But how many registered voters are planning on making their way to the polls? KSMU's Nathan McVay has the story on projected turnout.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says that 31 percent of the registered voters in Missouri are projected to vote today. That's a decrease from the turnout in the 2004 primary when between 36 and 37 percent of registered voters cast a ballot.

Carnahan says she believes in some areas the percentage of voters will be higher than 31 percent and in some it may be lower. She attributes it to levels of interest and the fact that it is just a primary election.

Carnahan insists that it is important that people have their voice heard and hopes that today turns out to be as great a success as February's Primary.

"I was pleased that in Feb we had three times the turnout in Presidential Primary election that we saw in 2004, I'd like nothing more than to see that turnout here in August and I think Missourians should do their part and get out in vote."

Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. this evening. For KSMU News, I'm Nathan McVay.