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.
Some of America’s newest voters in November will be people who were not born in this country but are newly naturalized citizens. Host Don Marsh talks with guests from the International Institute of St. Louis about the path to citizenship and with former students about the process.
Anita Barker, Vice-President and Director of Education at the International Institute of St. Louis
Elina Fernandez, naturalized citizen and former student at the International Institute
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.
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.
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.
A new audit 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.
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.
The Senate voted 32-25 to approve the ban, with two members voting present.