This November 6, we head to the polls for the 2018 midterm elections. Turnout is predicted to be high (so make sure you are a part of that!) and the ballot is fairly lengthy here in Missouri, where we have:
- U.S. Senate
- U.S. House of Representatives
- One statewide office (Auditor)
- Four state amendments
- Three state propositions
- State Senator
- State Representative
- Three City candidates (Collector of Revenue, License Collector, & Recorder of Deeds) - remember, the August vote was the primary!
- St. Louis Public Schools School Board - elect 2 new members to the elected Board AND
- Judges up for retention votes
So before you go to vote on Nov. 6 (Missouri polls open at 6:00 a.m. & are open until 7:00 p.m.), study up and decide how you are voting, and confirm your registration & polling place at the Missouri Secretary of State’s website. That site also has a "voter outreach portal" where you can plug in your address and see who and what is on your ballot (click "View Candidates and Issues"), and will also show where you are supposed to go vote.
Also on the Secretary of State's website is information regarding the current Voter ID requirements in Missouri after a recent judicial ruling. For a list of acceptable IDs, click this link, but as the header of the Secretary of State's PDF states: "If you're a registered voter, you can vote!"
To assist with the "study up and decide" task, here are some resources:
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Go to vote411.org & plug in your address or use your location to pull up a customized Voters Guide, showing only what will be on your ballot on Nov. 6 (uncustomized hard copies available at Central all Library branches as well).
"Ballotpedia is the online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. [Their] goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government." Click here & enter your full address with zip code and they will email a sample ballot with lots of good background info.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Politically Speaking podcast has interviews with statewide and local candidates – hear what they have to say about their positions on important issues – as well as discussions of many of the amendments and propositions on the Missouri ballot.
To learn more about the Judges who will be on your Nov. 6 ballot for a retention vote, see the Missouri Bar judicial “scorecard” (link is to judges for City's 22nd Circuit; for County see 21st Circuit).
The Missouri Secretary of State’s website also has the ballot language, “fair ballot language,” and links to PDFs of the full text of the state amendments and propositions on the ballot.
St. Louis Public Library (of course!) has lots of relevant books - there's a display up currently in the Social Sciences room at Central, and we are always happy to help you find a book (or several) to help you learn about and participate in the political process. Exercise your Right to Vote and remember: Democracy Matters!