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      Voters weigh in ahead of August primary

      With just four days until August elections, mid-Missouri voters shared which issues on the ballet they think are most important.

      With just four days until August elections, mid-Missouri voters shared which issues on the ballot they think are most important.

      Many cited the high-profile Amendment One, or "right to farm," and Amendment Seven, the three-quarter cent sales tax to fund statewide road improvements.

      "The most important thing is for farmers to have the right to choose the way they farm," Jefferson City Resident Michael Sudholt, a supporter of Amendment One, said.

      "Whether it's organic, or using high-chemical farming, using GMO seed or refusing to use it."

      Rita Lynch and Linda Deweese spoke of Amendment Seven, saying they see a need for improvement on Missouri's roadways.

      "I believe that our bridges are old and becoming unsafe and the roads are bad. My husband was a truck driver and he says the roads are [some] of the worst in the whole country," Lynch said.

      "And I think it would cut down on accidents if our roads were improved," Deweese said.

      The voters also expressed concern at Missouri's projected voter turnout of 27 percent.

      "That is very sad that it's that low. Everybody should get out and vote, it's their right, it's their freedom," Candra Powell, of Jefferson City, said.

      "Whether it goes in your favor or not, at least you went out there and voted."

      "We have the greatest opportunity to affect government at the lowest level, at our local level," Sudholt said.

      "So it's important to get out and vote for those issues that we believe in, one way or the other."

      "We should be ashamed. We should have a say in what decisions are made and I definitely plan on voting," Lynch said.