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2014 General Election
4:42 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

St. Louis County Election Board Acknowledges Error In Ferguson Voter Registrations

Since the shooting death of MIchael Brown, Ferguson township has had an increase of 128 new voter registrations.
Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

A week ago, USAToday and other national media outlets were reporting a surge of voter registrations in Ferguson, the city at the center of unrest since the fatal police shooting of teenaged Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

In fact, no such surge occurred.

"It was a simple error, with a not-so-simple outcome," said Laura Swinford, spokeswoman for the Missouri secretary of state's office.

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Ferguson
10:50 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Ferguson's Mayor Faces The Heat As Forum Dissects City's Divisions

An audience member shows Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III a rubber bullet wound that he says he received during unrest in the north St. Louis County city. A forum sponsored by St. Louis Public Radio became heated, with the biggest ire being directed at Knowles. NPR's Michel Martin is at center.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

A forum Thursday evening peering into Ferguson’s longstanding tensions as well as the St. Louis region’s racial divisions became angry and heated, with most of a crowd’s ire directed at the town’s mayor.

Audience members expressed searing criticism of Ferguson’s governance and leadership, both of which have come under fire since one of the Ferguson's police officers shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Primary Election 2014
4:47 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

St. Louis County Election Board Packed With Absentee Voters

Voters turn out to cast absentee ballots on Friday at St. Louis County Election Board's headquarters in Maplewood
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

Business was brisk Friday afternoon at the St. Louis County Election Board, where lines of people – most of them elderly --  were waiting to cast an absentee ballot for Tuesday’s primaries.

The line of people waiting to sign in stretched across the lobby of the board’s headquarters in Maplewood, and the parking lot directly outside was full much of the time. Some motorists had to wait for an open space.

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