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State, local races bring voters to polls

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Southeast Missouri voters in many counties decide on sheriff candidates and other local races. Southeast Missouri voters in many counties decide on sheriff candidates and other local races.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Voters in southeast Missouri say both state and local races brought them to the polls for the August 7 primary.

"It is always important to vote," said Donnie Kaufman of Cape Girardeau. "It's our God given right."

"I think a lot of people are passionate about this primary because they feel November is a very important election," said Cape County Clerk Kara Clark Summers. "We have had a very good turn out."

Southeast Missouri voters in many counties decide on sheriff candidates and other local races. Meanwhile, they say senate and congressional seats, as well as the governor and Lt. Governor races also brought them to the polls.

There's also the issue of prayer. The measure would expand an existing section of the constitution that says people can pray on public if they do not disturb the peace.

"I believe everyone should express their opinion," said Dorthy Ank of Cape Girardeau.

Meanwhile, there's also something new at Tuesday's primary.

"We are now using iPads," said Clark Summers. "The poll pads are working great. They actually are for voter check in replacing the paper poll rosters."

Many voters liked signing in with the new equipment.

"Just how the world is now," said Kaufman.

But others joke they like he old way better.

"I'm 95 years old," laughed Patricia Allemang. "I don't like change."

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