For some there will be a sigh of relief. No more automated phone calls during dinner. No more negative ads. Yard signs will soon be removed. But for all the political distractions, it's critical to remember the importance in voting.
"Many have fallen on the battlefield to preserve liberty, and the opportunity to vote in free and fair elections is one we should never take for granted," said an editorial in the Southeast Missourian.
Parking lots at Keller Public Library and Sacred Heart Parish Hall were filling up early this morning. Early indications were that it would be a heavy turnout in the county. A hotly contested state senate race with both candidates spending freely on their campaigns, another battle for presiding circuit judge, and several county contested races will add to the turnout.
The presidential race was the major draw for most voters. But there were some very important state and local races, including for U.S. Senate, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer.
Four statewide ballot initiatives will also be decided. Amendment 3 deals with how much influence the governor should have in deciding who sits on the commission that selects court nominees. Proposition A gives the city of St. Louis control of its police department. Proposition B increases taxes on tobacco products. Proposition E would require the legislature or a vote of the people to establish state-based health insurance exchanges.
Campaigns are often divisive, and this year was no exception. In reality this is nothing new. Campaigns by their very nature offer contrasts. Voters are tasked with deciding where they stand on issues and which candidates best represent their views. However, after all the votes are tallied it will be time to do the people's business.
"The country faces many critical issues, and it's the responsibility of our leaders to govern for the betterment of our country," said an editorial from the Southeast Missourian.
Polls opened at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. For the latest election news, go to www.dailystatesman.com. The Statesman will be bringing live election webcast coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. as the votes come in across the county. The election results will also appear in the Wednesday edition of the Statesman.
Statesman Staff Writer Mike McCoy contributed to this report.