Ferguson residents to vote for new city council members

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- Today is election day in Missouri and Illinois. All eyes will be on Ferguson where voters will fill half of the city council seats. It was in ward 3 where Michael Brown was shot and killed, and today it`s where residents will be coming out to vote at 6a.m. Tuesday morning. Ward 3 is also known for it`s incredibly low voter turnout. More than 3400 registered voters live in the area, but most of the time, barely 200 people show up at the polls.

Not long after the unrest began, so did several voter registration drives. One was staffed by students on spring break and another was held this past weekend, with members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The Director of the St. Louis County Election Board says since August about 650 new voters registered from Ferguson. Regardless of turnout, the racial makeup of the Ferguson City Council will change after today.

Right now, in a city that`s two-thirds African American, just one council member is black.

But that seat isn`t up for re-election.

 

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