Voter turnout for this historic election has exceeded projections in many parts of the state, including Greene County, where nearly 83% of registered voters cast a ballot.

That exceeds earlier predictions by Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller of 75%.

79% of voters turned out in Webster County, with 72% in Lawrence County, and 73% in Polk County.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft issued the following statement Wednesday morning about voter turnout numbers:

“The success of yesterday’s historic election is thanks to the tireless effort of Missouri’s voters, election authorities and poll workers,” Ashcroft said.

“Election officials and their staff work long hours under stressful conditions, and it’s their preparation in the weeks and months prior and their diligent effort on Election Day that made Missouri’s elections run smoothly.

It was great to see so many Missourians participating in our democracy and making their voices heard.”