Big Midterm Election: Long Lines Reported Around St. Louis City, County
We are seeing reports of long lines at the polls from the City of St. Louis out to West St. Louis County. People on social media are sharing what they've seen and heard so far, including a handful of broken voting machines, people getting wrong ballots, and even one claim that a precinct in St. Louis County was worried about running out of ballots within an hour of opening this morning.
This midterm election could be one of the largest seen in the United States in a long time. Early voting and absentee ballots have already been cast in very high numbers, reaching levels seen during the 2016 election.
This is what lines looked like days ago out in West St. Louis County for early voting.
In Missouri, voters are deciding whether or not to keep U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in office for a third term, whether to approve a confusing Amendment One which has gotten bipartisan rejection, and three initiatives on medical marijuana.
In St. Louis County, Democrat Incumbent Executive Steve Stenger faces Republican Challenger Paul Berry, a black conservative businessman.
The races in Illinois have been even more contentious, with Republican Governor Bruce Rauner facing a challenger from billionaire J.B. Pritzker, one of the heirs of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Several state and federal races in Southern Illinois have been bitterly fought.
Here are some accounts we've seen so far this morning from the St. Louis area on voting: