Those headed to the polls in St. Louis in 2012 will be voting in an election run by a different St. Louis Board of Elections. Three new members were named today by Gov. Jay Nixon. (via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)
Voters casting ballots before Election Day say convenience and short lines are among their top reasons.
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.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence has put an additional $500,000 into his campaign to unseat Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
The Missouri Ethics Commission website shows that Spence made the loan earlier this week. He has now given and loaned his campaign a total of $4.5 million.
The latest loan comes after finance reports released Monday showed Spence's campaign with less cash than Nixon's. The incumbent governor reported more than $4.9 million in his campaign account as of the start of October, compared with $1.5 million for Spence.
On Thursday night, the two Missouri senate candidates from the two major parties shook hands in front of a crowd of hundreds of potential voters. Meanwhile, the Libertarian candidate listened to the debate on the radio as he drove back to Kansas City for work in the morning.
Jonathan Dine was not invited to the debate, but drove to St. Louis anyway to meet with members of the media. On St. Louis on the Air on Wednesday, Dine expressed his frustration over being excluded from the debate.
Host Don Marsh talks with Paula Bradshaw, an emergency room nurse from Carbondale. Bradshaw is the Green Party candidate for Illinois’ 12th Congressional. The race pits Paula Bradshaw against Republican Jason Plummer and Democrat Bill Enyart. One of the candidates will replace U.S. Representative Jerry Costello, who is retiring after 24 years in office.
The final debate between the three candidates is this Friday at 7:00 p.m. at O’Fallon Township High School.
Host Don Marsh talks with Jim Higgins, a computer systems analyst from Creve Coeur. Higgins is the Libertarian candidate for Missouri Governor. He faces incumbent Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican Dave Spence.
Programming Note: Republican Dave Spence will be a guest on “St. Louis on the Air” on Monday, October 29. Governor Jay Nixon has not yet confirmed a date.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a few political issues.
On today’s podcast: We have to start off with an Akin/McCaskill update. We give a glimpse into that race, as well as Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine's exclusion from the Senate debate. We then give some attention some often overlooked races, like the Lietenant Governor and Attorney General race.
One of the campaign ads we discuss is this new video from Democratic candidate Susan Montee:
Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Jason Kander is rolling out his plan to make the office more helpful for Missouri entrepreneurs.
Kander is a State Representative from Jackson County. If elected he says he would reform the Business Services Division to connect aspiring business owners with local non-profits and state programs designed to help entrepreneurs.