Issues at the polls [Audio]

Citizens discuss what issues brought them to the polls early on Election Day. At 6 a.m., when the polls opened, voters were able to quickly get through the line at Ashland American Legion #152 in Ashland. At 7:30 a.m. voters at Rock Bridge High School were concerned about the governor’s election and presidential election.

Reporter Regan McTarsney contributed to this report.

Time to vote [Photo]

In front of the Life Sciences building on campus, chalk points voters in the right direction.

What brings people in the east side of town out to vote [Slideshow]

Residents turned out early to cast their ballots at Campus Lutheran Church located at 304 S. College Ave. Voters’ concerns included health care reform, the character of candidates and negative campaigning.

Why people vote [Slideshow]

Voters at the Hearnes Center talk about what brings them to vote at 8 a.m. on Election Day.

Explaining the process [Photo]

Bill Boston, left, explains the electronic voting machine to Laurie Shurleff at Columbia Public Library on Tuesday.

Early morning voters [Video]

Voters talk about getting up early to cast their ballots around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Alicia Schamburg mug [Photo]

Alicia Schamburg

MU freshman men's basketball player Laurence Bowers [Photo]

Tigers freshman Laurence Bowers is following in his uncle’s footsteps as a Division I basketball player.

Election 2008 scorecard [Graphic]

This Election 2008 Scorecard will help you keep tally as each state's results rolls in. Click the image to download a printable scorecard.

Families for candidates [Audio]

This presidential election has brought families together in support of a candidate. The Hardin family attended Sen. Barack Obama’s rally on the MU campus in hopes of setting an example on Thursday. The Ellis family attended Gov. Sarah Palin’s rally in Jefferson City as an educational experience for their home-schooled children on Monday.

First Baptist celebrates 185th anniversary [Slideshow]

First Baptist Church members gathered Saturday at J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center with members from sister congregations Memorial Baptist and Second Missionary Baptist as part of First Baptist’s 185th anniversary celebrations. The event included planting daffodils, games, arts and crafts, lunch, blood pressure screenings and the dedication of the Annie Fisher Food Pantry. Nancy Campbell, First Baptist's youth ministry coordinator, and Veronica Jenkins, president of the downtown public housing tenant association, share their thoughts on the event.

Churches offer trick-or-treating alternatives [Slideshow]

Families gathered at Faith Baptist and Community United Methodist Church the week of Halloween to put a new spin on trick or treating. Instead of walking through neighborhoods, children visited trunk stations. Church members parked their cars and opened their decorated trunks as costumed kids walked through the parking lot. The churches were two of several area churches that hosted festivities in lieu of Halloween. Both churches served chili, and Community United Methodist created a craft corner while Faith Baptist had inflatables and a puppet show.

Palin speaks in Jefferson City [Video]

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke to nearly 20,000 people in front of the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City on Monday. Running neck and neck in recent state polls, Palin’s visit was intended to encourage voter participation in Missouri, a swing state.

Farnen's button collection [Photo]

Mark Farnen received his first pin, one featuring John F. Kennedy, from his father after a parade. Since then, Farnen has been collecting campaign pins with candidates such as Nixon, Reagan, Roosevelt and Obama.

Collector shows off buttons [Photo]

Mark Farnen shows and discusses his collection of "negative pins," with insulting, X-rated or slanderous phrases. Farnen's collection of campaign pins date back to the late 1800s. He has between five and six thousand pins.

Clinton for Obama [Photo]

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., on Monday in St. Charles.

Biden in Lee's Summit [Photo]

Democratic vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden, D-Del., makes a point while campaigning in Lee's Summit on Monday.

Hank Williams Jr. appears at Palin rally [Photo]

Country singer Hank Williams Jr. poses with Gov. Sarah Palin's supporters at the candidate's rally in Jefferson City. Williams sang the national anthem and a song he wrote about the election.

Jefferson City gets a visit from Palin [Photo]

The capitol building in Jefferson City was decorated with American flags for the appearance of vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin speaks at Mo. capital [Photo]

Vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin visited the capitol building in Jefferson City on Monday morning and spoke of how she and Sen. John McCain can lead America more effectively than Sen. Barack Obama.