Boone County voters join the nation in casting ballots

The presidential race and a proposed increase in Missouri's tobacco tax were top of mind for many.

Campaigns carry their efforts into the last hours before election

Statewide candidates include Columbia in their final rounds; local candidates focus on getting out the vote.

Voters and readers voice what's important to them in the election

The Missourian's outreach team was interested in hearing what voters and readers had to say. We asked about their feelings on the candidates, what questions they had regarding the election and why it was important to them to be politically involved.

Akin, McCaskill candidates making final appeals for election

State and national candidates from both major parties are engaged in whirlwind tours of Missouri to drum up support in the final day before the election. 

Students attend Let Your Vote ROAR Rally

A rally at the MU Student Center encouraged students to go vote in Tuesday's election.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Boone County Southern District Commissioner, 8 days before Election Day

Candidates for Boone County Southern District commissioner are Karen Miller, Democrat, and James Pounds, Republican.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE: State Treasurer, 8 days before Election Day

Candidates for state treasurer are Clint Zweifel, Democrat; Cole McNary, Republican; and Sean O'Toole, Libertarian.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Secretary of State, 8 days before Election Day

Candidates for secretary of state are Jason Kander, Democrat; Shane Schoeller, Republican; Justin Harter, Constitution; and Cisse Spragins, Libertarian.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Lieutenant Governor, 8 days before Election Day

Candidates for lieutenant governor are Susan Montee, Democrat; Peter Kinder, Republican; Cynthia Davis, Constitution; and Matthew Copple, Libertarian.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Governor, 8 days before Election Day

Candidates for governor are Jay Nixon, Democrat; Dave Spence, Republican; and Jim Higgins, Libertarian.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Attorney General, 8 days before Election Day

Candidates for attorney general are Chris Koster, Democrat; Ed Martin, Republican;  and Dave Browning, Libertarian.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Boone County Public Administrator, 8 days before Election Day

Candidates for Boone County Public Administrator are Cathy Richards, Democrat, and John Sullivan, Republican.

ANALYSIS: A look at the most competitive states in the presidential race

A breakdown of which presidential candidate each state is leaning toward with the election just two days away.

Organizations help finance Proposition 1 for children's mental health service

The Putting Kids First campaign has received financial support from four social service agencies to pass the Proposition 1, which would establish a quarter-cent sales tax to fund children's mental health services.


Election Day nears; White House and control of Congress at stake

There are only days left in the expensive and negative election season. On Tuesday, voters will decide on the future of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and the tea party's influence in the House.

Missouri workers will have day off after Thanksgiving

Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order Friday that will close state offices the Friday after Thanksgiving. 

AMERICAN NEXT: Residents in Chillicothe discuss politics, civil rights

In small towns in mid-Missouri, people of different ages and origins sound off about the political and social issues that matter to them.

Progress varies toward health care exchanges in Missouri, other states

Although the deadline for states to apply to create a state health care exchange is approaching, many states haven't taken the steps necessary to apply.

Missouri Sen. McCaskill embarking on cross-state tour

After events in St. Louis on Wednesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill was to campaign Thursday in Lebanon, Springfield, Joplin and Kansas City.

VOTERS GUIDE 2012: Candidates for the 48th District state representative race

Two candidates are running to represent Missouri's 48th District in the Missouri House of Representatives. The 48th District includes parts of Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Pettis, Randolph and Saline counties.