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Polls Open in Missouri, Illinois

Voters wait to cast ballots Tuesday morning at Tower Grove Baptist Church in the Shaw neighborhood. (KWMU photo)

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Voters headed to the polls today (Tuesday) should take identification with them, and maybe something to read.

Election officials expect high turnout and long lines at some polling places.

Missourians will pick a new Governor (Claire McCaskill vs. Matt Blunt) today and Illinoisans will vote for a new U.S. Senator (Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes) and state Supreme Court Justice (Lloyd Karmeier vs. Gorgon Maag).

There are also votes in Missouri in the races for U.S. Senate, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Treasurer.

Amendment Three in Missouri asks voters to change the state constitution to set by law the way gas tax and car sales taxes are used.

St. Louis City voters face four proposed charter amendments that would re-structure city government through changes including a smaller Board of Alderman and enhanced powers in the mayor's office.

St. Louis County voters will pick an Executive to serve the last two years of the late Buzz Westfall's term. Charlie Dooley was picked to be Executive after Westfall died; Dooley faces former County Executive Gene McNary.

There are also races in Missouri and Illinois for Congress, state representative and senate, as well as votes for local government officials and referenda.

Election officials say a valid drivers license or a voter registration card are the most commonly used. Other forms of accepted ID include a state or government issued ID, a student ID from a college in Missouri or Illinois, a copy of a utility bill, a bank statement or government check.

Election monitors are expected to be on hand in St. Louis and elsewhere in Missouri to mike sure things go smoothly.

To learn more about the races on the ballot, as well as the stories KWMU has produced about various elections, click here.

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