Areas residents head to polls for municipal elections

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(KTVI) - Polls opened before the severe weather moved into the St. Louis area Tuesday morning. It is municipal Election Day in Missouri and Illinois, with hundreds of races are on the ballot. But all eyes are on Ferguson election.

Today’s election is the first city since the shooting death of Michael Brown last August.

Two big questions surround the Ferguson elections: will voter turnout be higher than in years past and will the racial makeup of city council change?

FOX 2 news outside the polling place at Our Lady of Guadeloupe church in Ferguson this morning where turnout was light at that time of the day. Currently just one of the Ferguson’s six city council seats is held by an African-American. Of the eight candidates running for three open seats, four are African-American.

These races are getting a lot of national attention in the wake of the brown shooting and Ferguson unrest. Though one voter we talked to says it's not a question of the racial makeup of city council; it's whether or not they do they job they're elected to do.

As for voter turnout the St. Louis County Board of Elections director describes it as steady today.

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