November 4, 2008
Amy Davis, 18, is a freshman journalism student at MU and a first-time voter. Davis was undecided until a week ago on whom she would vote for in the presidential race. Davis headed to her polling place at the Life Sciences Center at MU after class at 2:50 pm. She talks about how her first Election Day as a voter unfolded.
"I begin to study the man directly ahead of me, wondering what his background is."
"It's like being a free agent," Stephen Webber says of being free to help others instead of campaigning for himself. "You just go where you're needed."
Long lines at the Memorial Union universal polling place did not stop many first time voters from casting their ballot.
Stephen Webber, a Democrat who is running unopposed to represent the 23rd district in the Missouri House of Representatives, canvasses in a Columbia neighborhood for other Democratic candidates on Tuesday. Already assured of victory, Webber has enjoyed a less stressful campaign season. "I've started thinking more about legislation and policy while others are still in campaign mode," he says.
Residents turned out midday to cast their ballots at the Armory Sports and Community Center, located at 701 E. Ash St. Voters said they wanted change and for their voices to be heard.
Outside polling places at the Columbia Public Library and Rock Bridge High School, voters discuss what influences them to get out and vote.
David Rice, Kevin Rice, Diane Rice and Antwane Maborn wait in line to vote at Fairview Church of Christ on Tuesday.
Sam Engemann, left, and Brad Thebeau receive instructions on how to fill out the election ballot at the Memorial Union on Tuesday. Students are expected to vote in record numbers with the chance to elect the first black president or the first female vice president in U.S. history.
Beth Boyer, Kevin Rice and Diane Rice vote at Fairview Church of Christ off Fairview Road. The church received more than 600 voters as of 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Residents discuss what local issues brought them to the polls early on Election Day. Between 7 and 8 a.m., voters were able to amble quickly up the stairs at Boone County Public Library. The governor's race and Proposition A were mentioned most frequently as being important to local voters.
The news release from Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's office did not say who might have sent the text messages or made the phone calls.
Text messages and prerecorded calls encouraging recipients to vote Wednesday instead of Tuesday are false, a news release from Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's office said.
Veronica Washington cries after she learns her sister's fiance, a 29-year-old man, died after being shot in the chest at Douglass Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Voters discuss what the most important issues on the ballot are to them. Between 7 and 9 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, most citizens said the presidential election was most important, but others were concerned with the propositions.
MU students grab free pizza in front of Memorial Union. The Arts & Sciences Student Council and Alumni offered the pizza to those who had voted.
Reporter Regan McTarsney contributed to this report.
This is the first year David Heath has traveled to the U.S. to participate in election monitoring. Heath, a member of the Parliament from Great Britain, is leading a team of international experts to check that people get a free and fair chance to vote without any irregularities. The process of election monitoring has occurred since 1990 and it recently began in the U.S., Heath said. Heath also discusses what issues in the U.S. presidential election interest the people of Great Britain.
At 1 p.m. on Election Day, voters at the Activity and Recreation Center talk about what brings them to vote.
Students wait in line at Memorial Union to cast their votes on Election Day. Record numbers of students are expected to vote in response to heavy campaigning targeted at students.