County Executive Sanders offers
Assistance to local Election Boards 

September 15, 2008 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Concerned about what is expected to be record voter turnout for the November 4, 2008, general election, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders pledged his support today to assist the Kansas City and Jackson County Election Boards. Both boards appeared before the Jackson County Legislature’s Inter-Governmental Affairs Committee.

“The eyes of the nation figure to be on Missouri again in 2008 because Missouri is a pivotal swing state in this election,” said Sanders. “Jackson County, of course, is one of the largest counties in the state. We need to assure that our voters are well served.”

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has estimated that she expects as many as 80% of the state’s registered voters to go to the polls for the November 4 general election. Almost 36% of registered voters cast ballots in the February 5, 2008, Missouri Presidential Primary. The 1,415,951 votes tallied statewide was nearly three times the total of 543,392 cast in the 2004 presidential primary.

Jackson County also saw a big jump in voter interest during this primary season, with 90,947 County voters in the 2008 Presidential Primary, compared to just 32,515 in the 2004 primary. In the 2004 general election, Jackson County had 174,570 voters (73.9% of the County’s registered voters) cast ballots for president.

Sanders offered the County’s support in recruiting polling judges and keeping voters informed through the County’s recently redesigned Web site,