voting http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Early Voting Underway Today in Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/early-voting-underway-today-illinois <p>Voters casting ballots before Election Day say convenience and short lines are among their top reasons.</p><p>Early voting statewide began in Illinois Monday. It runs through Nov. 3. Some election officials say ballots cast before Election Day could top records from 2008. However, the overall number of registered voters is down.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:14:38 +0000 The Associated Press 5651 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Early Voting Underway Today in Illinois New Citizens As First Time Voters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-citizens-first-time-voters <p>Some of America’s newest voters in November will be people who were not born in this country but are newly naturalized citizens.&nbsp; Host Don Marsh talks with guests from the <a href="http://www.iistl.org/">International Institute of St. Louis</a> about the path to citizenship and with former students about the process.</p><p>Guests include:</p><ul><li>Anita Barker, Vice-President and Director of Education at the International Institute of St. Louis</li><li>Elina Fernandez, naturalized citizen and former student at the International Institute</li></ul> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 19:04:50 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 5486 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Citizens As First Time Voters Voting Officials Highlight Key Dates For Election Season http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/voting-officials-highlight-key-dates-election-season <p>The St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners held a press conference today to remind voters of important dates and changes in the voting process.</p><p>The board is preparing for a special election next week to replace Alderman Gregory Carter, who was killed in a traffic accident Aug. 1. Carter served the 27th ward for 19 years.</p><p>The election to find an alderman will take place Oct. 16. Officials couldn’t wait until the Nov. 6 general election because of a rule in the city charter that requires a vote be taken if a seat is vacated over 180 days before the next election.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 20:10:11 +0000 Tina Eaton 5156 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Voting Officials Highlight Key Dates For Election Season Starting Today In Missouri: Absentee Voting http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/starting-today-missouri-absentee-voting <p><em>Updated with comment from Robin Carnahan.</em></p><p>Missourians who are unable to make it to the polls next month can begin voting by absentee ballot today.</p><p>Absentee ballots are available to voters who expect to be out of town on Election Day or if illness, disability or religious beliefs prevent them from going to the polls on Nov. 6.</p><p>Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says the process is quite simple.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:20:14 +0000 The Associated Press, Kelsey Proud & Chris McDaniel 4693 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Starting Today In Missouri: Absentee Voting Praise, criticism in audit of St. Louis election board http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/praise-criticism-audit-st-louis-election-board <p>A <a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/press/2011-111.pdf">new audit</a> of the St. Louis city Board of Elections Commissioners finds the agency has made progress in reducing the number of duplicate voters on its rolls, but the report released today found other issues at the board.</p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 22:16:03 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2632 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Praise, criticism in audit of St. Louis election board Attorney vows challenge if Mo. enacts voter ID law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/attorney-vows-challenge-if-mo-enacts-voter-id-law <p>An attorney who successfully <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kwmu/news.newsmain/article/0/0/982045/St..Louis.Public.Radio.News/Missouri.Supreme.Court.finds.voter.ID.law.unconstitutional">challenged </a><a href="http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=16602#mo">Missouri's photo ID law for voters</a><a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kwmu/news.newsmain/article/0/0/982045/St..Louis.Public.Radio.News/Missouri.Supreme.Court.finds.voter.ID.law.unconstitutional"> in 2006</a> plans a new legal argument if the requirement is revived.</p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 23:07:23 +0000 Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 380 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Attorney vows challenge if Mo. enacts voter ID law Illinois Senate votes to abolish death penalty, bill goes next to Gov. Quinn http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-senate-votes-abolish-death-penalty-bill-goes-next-gov-quinn <p><strong>UPDATE 3:03 p.m. Jan. 11, 2011:</strong></p><p>The Associated Press is reporting that the Illinois Senate has voted to abolish the death penalty in that state.</p><p>The <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/01/illinois-death-penalty-ban-a-step-closer-to-governors-desk.html">Chicago Tribune also reports</a> the following:</p><blockquote><p>The ban on executions goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who must sign the legislation for it to become law. During last fall's campaign, Quinn said he supports "capital punishment when applied carefully and fairly," but also backs the 10-year-old moratorium on executions.</p><p>The Senate voted 32-25 to approve the ban, with two members voting present.</p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>UPDATE 1:13 p.m. Jan. 11, 2011:</strong></p><p>The Illinois Senate is debating the death penalty bill this afternoon on the floor. You can <a href="http://ilga.gov/senate/audvid.asp">listen or watch the debate live here</a>.</p><p><strong>Earlier Story:</strong></p><p>Illinois has moved one step closer to a vote on abolishing the death penalty in the state.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/article_92f66fb6-1da1-11e0-b4c3-0017a4a78c22.html">St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports</a> that the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee voted this morning to advance a bill to repeal the death penalty, setting up a probable full Senate vote later today.</p><p>The bill <a href="http://kwmu.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/update-ill-house-re-votes-passes-bill-repeal-death-penalty-goes-senate">passed in the House last week</a> in a quick re-vote when the first vote failed the bill, 59-58.</p><p>The Chicago Tribune also has more information on the history of the death penalty in the state, via legislation and key cases in<a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/01/illinois-death-penalty-ban-a-step-closer-to-governors-desk.html"> their story today</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:06:06 +0000 Kelsey Proud 296 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Senate votes to abolish death penalty, bill goes next to Gov. Quinn Mo. bill lowers threshold for election recounts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-bill-lowers-threshold-election-recounts <p>Did your favorite Missouri candidate lose a close election?</p><p>Well, <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills111/biltxt/intro/HB0121I.htm">a southern Missouri lawmaker wants to make it harder</a> for close-election losers to get an automatic recount.</p><p>Currently, candidates for public office in Missouri can request a recount if they lose by less than 1 percent point of the total vote.</p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 17:31:19 +0000 Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 295 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. bill lowers threshold for election recounts UPDATE: Ill. House re-votes, passes bill to repeal death penalty, goes to Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/update-ill-house-re-votes-passes-bill-repeal-death-penalty-goes-senate <p><strong>UPDATE Jan. 6, 2011 6:47 <span>p.m</span>. : &nbsp; Via the Associated Press, The Illinois House, reversing an earlier tally, has voted 60-54 to repeal the death penalty. The bill now goes to the Illinois Senate.</strong></p><p>A decades-long effort to abolish the death penalty in Illinois has fallen one vote shy of House approval.</p><p>House members voted 59-58 Thursday on abolition. <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3539&amp;GAID=10&amp;GA=96&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegID=51489&amp;SessionID=76">The bill</a> needed 60 votes for approval.</p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 00:20:37 +0000 Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 267 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org UPDATE: Ill. House re-votes, passes bill to repeal death penalty, goes to Senate Mo. housing agency to redo secret vote on ethics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-housing-agency-redo-secret-vote-ethics <p>Secret votes and do-overs in the Missouri Housing Development Commission.</p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 16:07:47 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 51 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org