Friday, September 11, 2020

Your 24W General Ballot

As we're all looking ahead to the General Election on November 3, 2020 – it's important to remember that this isn't just a Presidental Election, you've got statewide Missouri offices, State Reps/Senate, City of Saint Louis offices, Judges, and Issues to learn about. This blog is an overview of what's on your ballot, and where you can learn more.

Download Full St. Louis City Sample Ballot

Bookmark the Missouri ACLU Election Hub as a great resource for ballot information, finding a notary, voter information/registration, and keeping up with everything you need ahead of Election Day.

Check back in early October for updated information on from the non-partisan League of Women Voters about what's on your ballot.

Here's what you'll see on your November 3rd, 2020 General Election Ballot:

President and Vice President

Much information is available about our current inhabitants of the white house in Donald J. Trump/Mike Pence (R) and the Democratic ticket of Joseph Biden/Kamala Harris (D). 

Missouri Governor

Governor Mike Parson (R) took office on June 1, 2018, following the resignation of Eric Greitens. He's been widely criticized for his lack of statewide leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nicole Galloway (D) is our current MO State Auditor and the only statewide elected Democrat. Galloway has the Endorsement of Emily's List, a National Organization supporting diverse Pro-Choice Democratic candidates. Galloway has been a champion of transparency which is demonstrated in the audit reporting found on the Auditor's website.

Missouri Lieutenant Governor

Current Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe (R) was appointed in 2018 by Mike Parson. Previous, Kehoe served the 6th Senatorial District and was Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Majority Floor Leader. Democratic candidate Alissia Canady (D) is a proven leader with a platform of combating City Violence, Addressing Health Disparities, and promoting Education and Economic Development. She also has been endorsed by Emily's List.

Missouri Secretary of State

The Secretary of State is responsible for: Drafting Fair Ballot Language, Administering Elections, Educating Voters. This makes the SOS one of the most important elected officials in the state. Current SoS Jay Ashcroft (R) has demonstrated that he's not interested in making it easier for Missourians to vote with our confusing voting laws and deceptive ballot language for Amd. 3 that ended up in the courts to get fair language presented to voters. In contrast, Yinka Faleti (D) is a champion for voter's rights. He's also a West Point graduate, and a U.S. Army Veteran. Yinka is running to increase opportunities to vote, reduce barriers to voter participation, and protect and honor our ballot initiative process.

Missouri State Treasurer

Current MO State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick (R) has served since 2019 when he was appointed by Parson after Eric Schmitt was appointed to Attorney General creating a vacancy in the Office of State Treasurer. Vicki Englund (D) is a former State Representative with a platform of Experienced Leadership, Economic Recovery Plan, and Dedication to Inclusion. Englund has been posting an idea a day leading up to the election about how to improve Missouri's economy. She is also endorsed by Emily's List.

Missouri Attorney General

Eric Schmitt (R) was appointed by Parson in 2019 to the office of Attorney General after the incumbent, Josh Hawley was elected to the United States Senate. Previously he served as State Treasurer and State Senator. On the Democratic side, Rich Finneran (D) is a former federal prosecutor and Assistant U.S. Attorney. During his time as a federal prosecutor, Rich handled two of the largest financial fraud cases ever prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

U.S. Representative District 1

Congressional District 1 (which encompasses all of Saint Louis city, and parts of STL County) has been represented by Lacy Clay (D) since 2001. Clay lost to Primary Challenger Cori Bush (D) in August 2020 with a platform that puts regular, everyday people first, with solutions that are long overdue. Bush will face Anthony Rogers (R) and Alex Furman (Lib) in November. Rogers has endorsements of Roger Stone and Tiger King star Joshua Dial and Furman is Vice President of STL Proud Boy chapter and served time with drug-related charges.

State Representative District 83

Jo Doll (D) won the Democratic Primary in August to replace term-limited Gina Mitten. With a strong platform focusing on healthcare and family, Doll is the presumptive Rep but will face Andrew Bolin (Lib) on November's ballot before it's official.

State Representative District 84

Current Representative Wiley (Chip) Price IV (D) is running unopposed.

Saint Louis City Circuit Attorney

Incumbent and primary winner Kimberly M. Gardner (D) is challenged by Daniel Zdrodowski (R). Zdrodowski is critical of Gardner's work, but Gardner easily won the primary with 60.7% of the vote.

Saint Louis City Sheriff

Incumbent and primary winner Vernon Betts (D) is challenged by John N. Castellano III (R). St. Louis city has had a Democratic Sheriff since 1933.

Saint Louis City Treasurer

Incumbent and primary winner Tishaura O. Jones (D) is challenged by Robert Vroman (R). Vroman describes himself as "pro-business, pro-choice, pro-gun, pro-immigrant, anti-prohibition, anti-war" in contrast, Jones is working to improve the overall financial health of city residents by opening the Office of Financial Empowerment, offering free financial literacy classes and counseling, and the College Kids Savings Program. 


Missouri Supreme Court Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals (Eastern District) Judges, Circuit Court Judges (22nd Judicial Circuit), Associate Circuit Court Judges (22nd Judicial Circuit)

Researching judges is always something that I get a lot of questions about. The best resource we have to see how the MO Bar Review Committee rates our judges at 

Constitutional Amendment 1 

"Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to extend the two term restriction that currently applies to the Governor and Treasurer to the Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor and the Attorney General?"

A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to impose a two term restriction on all statewide elected officials, which currently only applies to the Governor and Treasurer.
A “no” vote will leave the terms that statewide elected officials may serve unchanged.

State and local governmental entities estimate no costs or savings from this proposal.

Constitutional Amendment 3 

Known as "Dirty Missouri" This effort by those in Jeff City would overturn the Clean Missouri Amendment voters passed by 62% in 2018. So, if you voted yes on Clean MO, vote NO on 3.

"Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
• Ban gifts from paid lobbyists to legislators and their employees;
• Reduce legislative campaign contribution limits;
• Change the redistricting process voters approved in 2018 by: (i) transferring responsibility for drawing state legislative districts from the Nonpartisan State Demographer to Governor-appointed bipartisan commissions; (ii) modifying and reordering the redistricting criteria.

State governmental entities expect no cost or savings. Individual local governmental entities expect significant decreased revenues of a total unknown amount."

A “yes” vote overturns the will of 62% of MO voters who passed Clean MO in 2018
A “no” vote upholds what voters passed in 2018 with Clean MO

I urge you to vote NO on 3.

Proposition D

Proposed by Initiative Petition and supported by STL Approves, this would change how local STL elections are run taking effect ahead of our Municipal Elections in March 2021.

"Shall the City of St. Louis adopt an ordinance to:
* establish an open, non-partisan system for elections to the offices of Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, and Alderman
* enable voters to choose all the candidates they wish in the open, non-partisan primary
* allow the top two candidates to then compete in a runoff general election?"

"Yes" vote would change the elections to this format
"No" vote would keep elections as they are

Proposition 1

"Shall Section 2 of Article VIII of the City of St. Louis Charter, which requires all officers and employees of the City of St. Louis to reside within the City's boundaries, be amended to permit the employees of the City of St. Louis except for City agency and department directors appointed by the Mayor to reside outside of the City's boundaries?"

"Yes" vote would allow city employees to live outside city boundaries
"No" vote would keep the current requirement in place for city residency.

An important note about this Proposition, this DOES NOT include employees of SLMPD as that requirement has already been lifted by the MO Legislature and was signed into law 9/21/20.

Proposition R

"Shall the City of St. Louis levy an additional tax of six cents per each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessed valuation as authorized by Section 210.860 R.S.Mo. for the purpose of providing additional funding for community children's services, in particular, early childhood services for children aged five years and under, in addition to the current levy of nineteen cents per each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation?"

"Yes" vote would allow additional sales tax
"No" vote would not add sales tax

Prop R is similar to a scenario that recently hit a roadblock in the County.

Proposition T

"Should Chapter 23 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis be amended to impose a gross receipts tax of seven and one half percent of the gross receipts obtained from Telecommunications Providers, which are and include every entity now or hereafter engaged in a general telecommunication business in the City, providing telecommunication, telecommunications exchange, or local, toll, or long distance, telephone service to its customers with a service or billing address within the St. Louis City limits; and Fiber Networks Providers, which are and include every entity now or hereafter engaged in providing fiber networks, built whole or in part in the City's public right of way, which are not internet or service providers subject to franchise fees, to customers and other users of fiber networks?"

"Yes" vote would impose tax on Telecomm Providers
"No" vote would not 

Make your VOTING PLAN now, and make sure your voice is heard on 11/3/20! Please check back to this blog as it will be updated as new sources/information becomes available.

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