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2020 Elections

A voter fills out a ballot at Central Baptist Church on March 10, 2020.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says lawmakers would be amenable to passing election legislation aimed at responding to coronavirus fears — after municipal elections were moved recently from April to June.

What changes would actually be made is still under discussion. Some ideas include broadening the use of absentee ballots and implementing a vote-by-mail program.

Illinois was one of three states that held primaries on March 17, 2020. Voter turnout was lower than usual, officials say.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

BELLEVILLE — Voters in Illinois went to the polls on Tuesday to decide whom they wanted to see on the ballot in November. A few cities and villages also put referendums to their voters. Congressional races in three Metro East districts were in play for the primary.

Here are five things to take away from the results.

Three states are voting Tuesday in the Democratic presidential primary: Arizona, Florida and Illinois. Ohio suspended its primary. Follow NPR's live coverage with updates on the ground, news from the candidates, analysis and results.

Today Is Primary Day In Illinois: Here’s What You Need To Know When You Go Vote

Mar 17, 2020
Election judge Judi Brunstein uses a disinfectant spray to clean and disinfect a voting booth at the polling place inside Douglas Elementary School in Belleville on March 17, 2020.
Derik Holtmann | Belleville News-Democrat

Editor's Note: This article was originally published by the Belleville News-Democrat.

Illinoisans go to the polls Tuesday amid extraordinary circumstances to select nominees for various offices from president to county board chairman. 

Local and state election officials prepared for an Election Day amid a pandemic that was effectively shutting society down piecemeal in Illinois. The election will still go on, but with extra precautions and changes.

Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd of supporters at Kiener Plaza Park in downtown St. Louis on Saturday afternoon. (March 7, 2020)
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Former Vice President Joe Biden needed a big win in Missouri’s presidential primary to cement himself as the clear frontrunner in the Democratic scramble for the White House.

On Tuesday, Biden got that victory with a margin so large that it may signal an end to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential hopes. And Missouri Democrats hope that Biden’s decisive win can give them the boost they need in November.

Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden swung through St. Louis on Saturday, telling hundreds of people gathered at Kiener Plaza that he’s the best candidate to take on President Donald Trump.

Biden’s visit comes as he’s seeking to gain a large share of the 68 delegates up for grabs during Tuesday’s Missouri Democratic presidential primary. He’ll have to fend off Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who came close to winning Missouri in 2016.

Signs at the Barnes-Jewish Center for Advanced Medicine alert patients to disclose if they think they may have symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
Sarah Fentem | St. Louis Public Radio

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum takes a look at some of the week’s biggest news stories — including what state and local officials are doing to prepare for the coronavirus.

Rosenbaum talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Fentem about how state and local health officials are monitoring the coronavirus. There have been no recorded cases of the virus in Missouri, but there have been five confirmed cases in Illinois. 

Voting election illustration
Nat Thomas | St. Louis Public Radio

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies try to wrap their arms around Missouri’s Democratic presidential primary — which will take place on March 10.

One of the reasons that contest is difficult to gauge right now is that Missouri’s delegates are up for grabs a week after Super Tuesday. And it’s unclear how many of the seven major candidates will still be in the race by the time the Show-Me State goes to the polls.

Gov. Jay Nixon made expanding Medicaid a top priority when he first ran for governor. While he made some small steps, he was largely unsuccessful in achieving that goal.
File photo by Carolina Hidalgo I St. Louis Public Radio

With a little more than two weeks to go before Democratic voters head to the polls for Missouri’s presidential primary, the remaining candidates are banking on endorsements from the state’s political figures to get the word out.

And with presidential contenders focusing on contests, including Super Tuesday, that take place before Missouri's primary, some campaigns are sending notable surrogates to gin up excitement.