ELECTION 2016 – Resources for the Informed Missouri Voter (like YOU!)

There is a LOT on the Missouri ballot this November 8 - the St. Louis City ballot, for example, in addition to the Presidential race also has:

  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • FIVE statewide offices (Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, & Treasurer)
  • FIVE state amendments
  • One state proposition
  • One City proposition
  • State Senator
  • State Representative
  • Three City candidates (circuit attorney, sheriff & treasurer - remember, the August vote was the primary!) AND
  • Judges up for retention votes

So before you go to vote on Nov. 8 (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 (make sure you know where you are going!) The Missouri Secretary of State has also launched a "voter outreach" site where you can plug in your address and see who and what is on your ballot, and will also show where you are supposed to go 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 the LWV/St. Louis Post-Dispatch Voters Guide & plug in your address or use your location to pull up the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Voters Guide, customized to show only what will be on your ballot on Nov. 8 (uncustomized hard copies available at the Library as well or in your Oct. 28 newspaper).

"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 for a sample ballot with lots of good background info.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Politically Speaking podcast has interviews with most, if not all, of the statewide and local candidates – hear what they have to say about their positions on important issues.

To learn more about the performance of the judges who will be on your Nov. 8 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 five amendments and one state proposition on the ballot (& don't forget the City proposition!).

We will add new resources as we hear of them (so give us a head's up if we're missing something by emailing the Social Sciences librarian) - for example, here is a guide to the MO ballot measures from St. Louis Magazine.

St. Louis Public Library of course has some relevant books - we've made a list of some - & here are some other good resources (click to access). What are YOUR favorites?


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