November 4, 2008
Darryl Douglas asks Joe Marshall if he voted while canvassing homes of registered Democratic voters in the Fair View neighborhood of Columbia on Nov. 4, 2008.
Stephen Webber works in a Columbia neighborhood on Election Day, Nov. 4.
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 Nov. 4, 2008. Already assured of victory, Webber has enjoyed a less stressful campaign. "I've started thinking more about legislation and policy while others are still in campaign mode," he says.
Ashland resident Debbie Efting shakes hands with Missouri House of Representatives candidate Chris Kelly outside of the Ashland Senior Center on Tuesday afternoon. "I've been itching to come vote," Efting said after a hectic day of work at Starbucks, which offered voters free coffee.
Missouri House of Representatives candidate Chris Kelly walks out to meet and shake hands with Ashland resident Jan Ward outside of the Ashland Senior Center in Ashland on Tuesday afternoon. Kelly arrived at the Ashland polling place at 6 a.m. and said he planned on staying until polls closed to show his gratitude to Ashland's supportive voting community.
Four college students pick up their free coffee from Starbucks on Tuesday night as part of the cafe’s reward for voters.
Chris Kelly greets Ashland resident Rick McKee on Tuesday afternoon at the Ashland Senior Center. "You got my vote because you were standing out here," McKee told Kelly.
Adrienne Roncher, left, gets into Jane Whitesides's car after voting at the Missouri Conference Center on Nov. 4, 2008. Whitesides, driving, along with NAACP members Gwyn McKinney and Lily Tinker Fortel, provided rides to the polls for Columbia voters.
Jaron Baston is one of the loudest talkers when it comes to politics, say several of his teammates. “Jaron, though, he’ll argue about anything,” linebacker Brock Christopher said.
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.