Tonight: Sewer District Rate Hike Vote Meeting @ O’Fallon Rec Center

6 pm Monday, March 18th
YMCA O’Fallon Park & Rec Center

4343 West Florissant

 

Public Transit: #18 Taylor, #74 Florissant
MSD is allowed under law to propose the ballot issue, without going to St. Louis County Council or St. Louis City Board of Aldermen, and then “educate” the public on it. As long as they tell voters why it is needed, or what horrible things will happen if it fails, without saying vote for it, it’s legal for them to hold these meetings.
I’m not arguing for or against the proposal. Per emails and texts, some people are confused about where this ballot issue comes from and why a public agency can campaign for a ballot issue (which, technically, they are not). And the MSD social media notices do not say Rate Increase or Ballot Issue in subject lines, so this is the sort of ballot issue that results in people wanting to know why their rate/tax went up after the fact. This post is an attempt to make this ballot issue a bit more transparent.
–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Absentee Voting In Person on Friday, Saturday, Monday

absentee-ballot-copyThe April 4th General Election is for Mayor, Comptroller, Odd Numbered Wards Aldermen, 16th Ward Alderman, School Board (three seats), Community College Trustee Board (one seat), and six ballot issues.

Wednesday was the deadline to apply for an Absentee Ballot by Mail.

Absentee Voting In Person is available at
Board of Election, 300 N Tucker
8 am to 5 pm Friday, March 31st
9 am to 1 pm Saturday, April 1st
8 am to 5 pm Monday, April 3rd

Board of Election Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee Ballot Department at Board of Election: (314) 622-3319 or (314) 622-3230

You do not need a Photo ID to vote in this election. You will need one for the next election. If you need assistance obtaining a Photo ID, please contact Committeewoman Marie Ceselski at 314-630-7599.

 

Board of Election Sample Ballot

CORRECTED – Independent Candidate Petitioners May Not Vote In March Party Primary

610d85f975a754f077e921c4c92582d5March 7th is the St. Louis City Primary Election for Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen of odd numbered wards, plus a special election for Alderman in 16th Ward, and Proposition S.

It is a political party primary. It is a partisan election. Primary elections have been held in Missouri since 1908. Prior to that, political parties met in conventions to nominate their candidates for federal, state, and local offices in General Elections.

When you vote in the March 7th Primary, you will be asked what political party ballot you want. In this election, you may choose from Democratic Party, Republican Party, Green Party, or Libertarian Party. This election has one local ballot issue, so you may take out a nonpartisan ballot to vote only on a ballot issue.

Candidates for Mayor for all political parties are listed here with their contact information, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts are listed here. If you find an error or have information or a link to fill in a blank, please email us the information.

Independent candidates for Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen, must qualify for the April 4th General Election Ballot by submitting signatures of supporters to the Board of Elections.

CORRECTION: We had the wrong deadline date for Independents to file. We said Tuesday, January 17th based on Missouri Secretary of State Elections Calendar. That is the correct date for final day of filing by candidates for School Board and Community College Trustee, but not Independent candidates who must secure signatures to get on the ballot. According to the St. Louis City Board of Election Municipal Election page, the last day for Independents to file is the “eighth Monday prior” to General Election, which would make the filing deadline Monday, February 13th.

On January 25th, the Board of Elections finally got around to posting filing information on Independent candidates.

St. Louis City Charter 2.08.330 regulates the nomination of Independent candidates: “the signers shall declare, in such certificate, that they are bona fide supporters of the candidate sought to be nominated, and have not aided, and will not aid, in the nomination of any other candidate for an elective city office.”

By signing an Independent candidate’s petition, you are nominating a candidate for public office. If you nominate an Independent for the General Election, you cannot help nominate a candidate by voting in the Primary Election, you may only take out a nonpartisan ballot to vote on Proposition S.

Section 115.323 Revised Statutes of Missouri also prohibits a voter from nominating more than one person for an office.

Political parties and Independent candidates may obtain Credentials for Challengers at each polling place. Signature on a nominating petition for an Independent candidate may be used to challenge the right to cast a ballot in the Primary Election.

St. Louis City Board of Elections Election Day Challengers and Watchers Policy

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Nominating petitions are public records.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, with apologies for confusion regarding the filing date for Independent candidates.

2016 Missouri Election Calendar

Tuesday, December 1, 2015: Filing Opens for March 15 Missouri Presidential Preference Primary
Tuesday, December 29, 2015: Filing Closes for March 15 Missouri Presidential Preference Primary

Wednesday, January 6, 2016: Voter Registration Deadline for February 2nd Local Bond Issue Election (if one is scheduled)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016: Statutory Date for Local Bond Issue Election (if one is scheduled)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016: Voter Registration Deadline for Missouri Presidential Preference Primary
Tuesday, February 23, 2016: Filing Opens for August 2nd Primary Candidates
In St. Louis City, positions on the Ballot will include:

  • US Senator (seat currently held by Roy Blunt)
  • US Representative
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • Attorney General
  • Treasurer
  • State Senators (odd numbered districts)
  • State Representatives
  • St. Louis City Circuit Attorney
  • St. Louis City Sheriff
  • St. Louis City Treasurer
  • Political Party Ward/Township Committeewomen and Committeemen

Wednesday, March 9, 2016: Voter Registration Deadline for April 5th St Louis City Election on Earnings Tax Renewal
Tuesday, March 15, 2016: Missouri Presidential Preference Primary
Tuesday, March 29, 2016: Filing Closes for August 2nd Primary Candidates
Thursday, March 31, 2016: Missouri Democratic Party Ward & Township Delegate Selection Meetings

Tuesday, April 5, 2016: St. Louis City Election on Earnings Tax Renewal

Wednesday, July 6, 2016:  Voter Registration Deadline for Missouri Primary Election

Tuesday, August 5, 2016: Missouri Primary Election

Wednesday, October 12, 2016: Voter Registration Deadline for Presidential and Missouri General Election

Tuesday, November 8, 2016: Presidential and Missouri General Election