Woman struck by a car and killed outside Missouri polling center as she walked to cast vote on Election Day
A WOMAN was struck by a car and killed outside a Missouri polling center as she walked to cast her vote on Election Day.
The victim was hit shortly after 6am as she made her way to the Affton White-Rodgers Community Center in Affton.
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She was taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
The female driver who allegedly hit her remained at the scene and was cooperating with cops, according to the Post-Dispatch.
The driver was visibly shaken, the outlet reported.
The police department confirmed on Twitter that due to the incident "traffic will be affected in the area for some time."
Thousands of Americans are heading to their local polling stations on Tuesday to cast their vote in the 2020 Election.
Missouri election officials are predicting the state’s largest voter turnout in decades.
Local election jurisdictions are expecting more than 3.2million people to cast ballots in Tuesday’s general election, according to figures provided by the secretary of state’s office. That would amount to 75 percent of the state’s 4.3million registered voters.
If the predictions come true, that would be Missouri’s highest turnout rate since 1992, when 78 percent of registered voters cast ballots in a presidential election won by Democrat Bill Clinton.
The number of registered voters has grown considerably since then. The greatest total number of ballots cast in Missouri was 2.9million in the 2008 election, when Democrat Barack Obama was elected to president.
As of Sunday, about 828,000 Missouri voters already had returned absentee or mail-in ballots. That’s nearly three times as many absentee ballots as were counted in the last presidential election.
State officials relaxed absentee voting requirements and created a special mail-in ballot option this year because of concerns about the coronavirus.
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