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Today’s elections seem to be running smoothly according to election officials in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County.

A low voter turnout was predicted across the board, but some areas are seeing higher turnout than expected.

Rich Chrismer, director of elections for St. Charles County, said the county is looking at an 18 percent turnout.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 4, 2008 - Outside many polling places are Obama supporters in lime-green T-shirts that read "Voter Assistance."

A few of them have been the lone problem so far in St. Charles County, said Rich Chrismer, director of elections for St. Charles County. Chrismer said the volunteers were implying they worked for the election authority, which they don't, and there was some intimidation as people were on their way in to vote.

He called the Justice Department and reported the incident.