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Protesters Stand outside One Springfield Precinct

In a traditional democracy voters arrive at the polls to cast their ballots and return home having done their civic duty. But one group took its participation in the democratic process a step further. KSMU's Erika Brame reports.

The rain poured down outside the fire station on Grand Street in Springfield across from Missouri State University where some protesters fought the elements.

One of the protesters, Ryan a sophomore at Missouri State University says the main reason for a protest on Election Day is not to get out the vote but discuss change in the government.

"We're trying to get them to demand change from their government. We're trying to get them ... we're trying to get them to hold their government accountable for what they promise."

According to Ryan one way of making the government listen is through protesting.

"Getting out protesting and doing whatever it takes to make their government listen to them. That's how this country was founded and that's how it will continue being free."

He says the protest simply demands changing the government.

Change that Ryan says has to start with limiting the influence of big business and ending the war in Iraq.

Each one of these protesters says they voted today in the primary election.

They stood outside in the rain, signs in hand while cars drove by honking their horns.

For KSMU News I'm Erika Brame.