Before stepping in the Kirkwood Community Center to vote at around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) said her team's focus on this Election Day is voter accessibility.
"We're really going to be trying to keep an eye on where there are the longest lines are and making sure they’re attributal to a high turnout and not to any actual glitches or problems with the machines or the polling places themselves," McCaskill told Patch.
To aid with the effort, the McCaskill team has lawyers working on voter protection throughout the state and ready to answer calls about any concerns of voter accessibility.
"We want to make sure people aren’t having to wait in lines longer than an hour and a half or so," McCaskill said.
After voting, McCaskill is focused on staying grounded before the excitement of tonight when votes come in.
"Election Day is always a great day," McCaskill said. "The jury’s deliberating; you've done all you can do; and you take a deep breath and get rid of the nervous energy you’re going to have when results start pouring in tonight."
McCaskill called this campaign a roller coaster ride, noting the death of her mother and the controversial comments made by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri).
"I've never had to deal with overwhelming grief and at the same time be focused on a really big election," she said. "That has been much harder for me to handle then some of the offensive and frankly startling comments my opponent has made throughout this race."