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Carnahan certifies general election

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The final results of the state's Nov. 2 general election were certified Nov. 30 by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

Carnahan found that more than 1.9 million citizens voted in the election, 46.9 percent of the state's registered voters. Of the votes certified, more than 97 percent of ballots cast by members of the military and overseas voters were returned on time and certified, according to the release.

The accuracy of the election was largely due to election officials, Carnahan said.

“In every county, these volunteers and officials worked long hours to ensure that Missourians were able to make their voices heard," she said in the release.

The final counts vary slightly from preliminary results released on election day, but no major changes or switches were made.

Initial results found that 44.1 percent of the state's voters cast ballots.

For U.S. senator, final results showed that Republican Roy Blunt received 1,054,160 votes, or 54.2 percent, compared to initial results showing 1,051,495 votes, or 54.3 percent.

Final results also showed that Billy Long received 141,010 votes, or 63.4 percent, for the U.S. Representative District 7 seat, compared to 140,260 votes, or 63.4 percent, initially reported.

The final certified results can be found on the secretary of state's Web site. Initial results can be found via Springfield Business Journal coverage.

The certification process allows local officials two weeks to verify the totals reported on election night and evaluate eligibility of provisional ballots, and the secretary of state's office has until the second Tuesday in December to confirm the results reported by Missouri's 116 jurisdictions. A panel of judges and the secretary of state certify the final tallies, the release said.[[In-content Ad]]


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