St. Louis, MO – An elections watchdog group in Missouri is encouraging voters to use paper ballots rather than touch screen devices to cast ballots on Tuesday.
Missourians for Honest Elections says paper ballots reduce lines because they do not require special equipment and can be used anywhere. Steering committee member Phillip Michaels says voters who choose to use paper ballots outside of the kiosks or booths shouldn't be concerned about privacy.
Columbia, Mo. – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama drew an estimated 40,000 people to a late-night rally at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Obama continued to hammer John McCain over the faltering economy, linking the Republican nominee to unpopular incumbent President George W. Bush.
Obama made no new pronouncements at the campus event. Instead he seized the opportunity to rally excitement over his campaign into a strong turnout Tuesday, especially among college students and other young voters.
St. Louis – Some sex offenders in Missouri will be confined to their homes Friday night after a federal appeals court ruled in favor of a new state law aimed at keeping them away from children on Halloween.
A state law that went into effect in the summer requires registered sex offenders to stay inside from 5 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. every Halloween. They must also keep their porch lights off and post a "no candy" sign.
St. Louis, MO – Elections officials in the Metro East say the first presidential election with early voting went well.
In Madison County, more than 37,000 registered voters, about 20 percent of the total, cast a ballot during the early voting period, which ended yesterday. In St. Clair County, 13,000 took advantage of early voting, which was more than clerk Bob Delaney was expecting.
St. Louis – Within weeks of Matt Blunt's decision early this year to not seek a second term as Missouri governor, many Republican leaders began lining up behind Kenny Hulshof as the candidate most likely to beat Democrat Jay Nixon.
Fenton, Mo. – The final minivan came off the assembly line at Chrysler's South Assembly plant in Fenton Wednesday, two days before the facility closes indefinitely. The vehicle rolled off the line around 1:30 p.m.
The plant produced the Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Caravan cargo van and the Chrysler Town & Country. It employed more than 2,500 workers.
The Fenton North Plant, which makes Dodge pickup trucks, will remain open. However production has been scaled back to a single shift