CANCELLED. Absentee Voting Underway For April Sewer District Rate Hike Election

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St. Louis County and St. Louis City voters will go to the polls April 7th to vote on a Rate Hike proposed by Metropolitan Sewer District to fund a $500 Million Bond Issue. In St. Louis City, this is a Special Election, no other ballot issues or candidates are on the ballot. In St. Louis County, this is a Municipal General Election.

Absentee Voting for this election began March 11, 2020.

You may vote Absentee by Mail. Downloadable Absentee Ballot Application here. Last Day To Request Absentee Ballot By Mail is March 25, 2020.

You may Vote Absentee In Person 8 am to 5 pm Weekdays at Board of Election, 300 N Tucker.

Additional Absentee Voting Information at St. Louis City Board of Election.

The April 7th ballot issue does not directly say a rate hike is involved. You have to know that “To comply with federal and state clean water requirements, shall The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) issue its sewer revenue bonds… to be payable solely from the revenues derived by MSD from the operation of its wastewater sewer system” means Rate Hike. Previous Rate Hikes also did not say Rate Hike.

Sample Ballot
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MSD’s ballot issue campaigns are run by Stenger-saga and St. Louis City and County Prop P (sales tax hike for police) consultant The Kelley Group. The new ballot issue campaign committee is named “Campaign for Clean Water STL.” The first major donor to this MSD campaign was $35,000 from SAK, a pipeline contractor in O’Fallon, Missouri. You might remember SAK from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s “After controversial MSD vote, winners donated more than $150,000 to Stenger campaign” story.

Previous Metropolitan Sewer District ballot issues:

April 2, 2019: City and County voters rejected an impervious surface charge proposal by MSD

April 5, 2016: City and County voters approve rate hike proposal by MSD to fund $900 Million Bond Issue

April 5, 2016: City and County voters approve $0.10 property tax hike proposal by MSD

June 5, 2012: City and County voters approve rate hike proposal by MSD to fund $945 Million Bond Issue

August 5, 2008: City and County voters approve rate hike proposal by MSD to fund $275 Million Bond Issue

Also See…

1/31/2019: Info on MSD Consent Decree @ Missouri Coalition for the Environment

4/30/2012 St. Louis Public RadioFederal judge approves MSD consent decree

12/12/2003 St. Louis Post-DispatchMSD must find new way to raise money after Missouri Supreme Court ruling

Tuesday- Vote Rasheen Aldridge, 78th Dist State Rep

RasheencityhallphotoTuesday is the big day.

Elect Rasheen Aldridge to the Missouri House.

Reminder for Soulard Voters. You now vote at Lift for Life Academy @ 1811 S. Broadway.

Polls will be open 6 am to 7 pm Tuesday, November 5th for the Special Election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of State Rep, Bruce Franks Jr.

If you did not receive an Election Notice Card from Board of Election, check your Voter Registration at the Missouri Secretary of State’s voter database.

If you need to locate your polling place, enter your address here.

If you have any election day problems or questions contact the Board of Election at 314-622-4336.

In all, there are six Missouri House seats across the state with Special Elections Tuesday.  There are also local candidate and ballot issue elections across Missouri on Tuesday, but not in St. Louis City.

Sample ballot @ Board of Election here.

As you can see, there is only one name on the ballot. At the August 22nd Deadline to file for the Special Election for 78th District, the only candidate to file was 5th Ward Democratic Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge.

The Republican, Green, Libertarian, and Constitution Parties could have submitted a nominee, but did not.

No one submitted petition signatures to get on the ballot as a Nonpartisan/ Independent candidate. Less than 200 signatures were needed.

Aldridge defeated 7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray Jr. for the Democratic Party nomination.  Last year, Aldridge defeated Murray in his re-election bid for chairmanship of the 78th District Democratic Party Committee.

At the October 25th Deadline to file as a Write-In Candidate for the Special Election, no one had filed with the Missouri Secretary of State. 9th Ward Republican Committeeman Mark H. Comfort had filed a campaign committee with Missouri Ethics Commission. But he did not file paperwork with Secretary of State to actually be counted as a Write in Candidate. Write-In votes do not count unless the candidate has filed as a Write-In candidate with the Secretary of State.

In the 7th Ward, Voters in Precincts 4, 5, and 6 (voting at Central Library in Downtown, St. Vincent’s Hall in LaSalle Park, and Lift for Life Academy in Soulard) are in 78th District. Voters in 7th Ward, Precincts 1, 2, 3 (voting at Sigel School in McKinley Heights) are in 79th District represented by State Rep. LaKeySha Bosley.

Voters in the following Wards & Precincts are encouraged to vote for Rasheen Aldridge on Tuesday.

Ward 2, Precinct 6 @ KIPP Triumph Academy, 1409 Linton
Ward 3, Precinct 1 @Blewett School, 1927 Cass
Ward 3, Precinct 9 @ Ames School, 2900 Hadley
Ward 5, Precinct 2 @ Columbia School, 3120 St. Louis
Ward 5, Precincts 3 & 5 @ Jefferson School, 1301 Hogan
Ward 5, Precinct 4 @ Bread of Life Church, 2001 N 11th
Ward 5, Precincts 6 & 8 @ Patrick Henry School, 1220 N 10th
Ward 6, Precinct 8 @ Peabody School, 1224 S 14th
Ward 6, Precinct 9 @ Shenandoah School, 3412 Shenandoah
Ward 7, Precinct 4 @ Central Library, 1301 Olive
Ward 7, Precinct 5 @ St. Vincent Church Hall, 1408 S 10th
Ward 7, Precinct 6 @ Lift for Life Academy, 1811 S Broadway
Ward 8, Precinct 6 @ Missouri School for the Blind, 3867 Magnolia
Ward 9, Precincts 1 & 6 @ St. Louis Booth Manor, 3131 Iowa
Ward 9, Precincts 3 & 5 @ St. Agnes Apartments, 2840 Wisconsin
Ward 9, Precinct 4 @ BKZ American Legion Post 422, 2601 S 11th
Ward 20, Precincts 1 & 3 @ Froebel School, 3709 Nebraska
Ward 20, Precinct 5 @ Gambrinus Hall, 3650 Wisconsin
Ward 20, Precinct 6 @ Meramec School, 2745 Meramec
Ward 25, Precinct 6 @ Grbic Hall, 4071 Keokuk

UPDATE: 78th District Special Election

RasheenonBallotFriday’s Deadline has come and gone for November 5th Special Election Write-In Candidates to file with Missouri Secretary of State.

In the 78th District, 9th Ward Republican Committeeman Mark H. Comfort filed a campaign committee- Comfort ! -with Missouri Ethics Commission on October 2nd. He then filed Limited Activity for his 8 Days Before Election Campaign Finance Report.

But, according to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website, Comfort did not file paperwork with Secretary of State to actually be counted as a Write in Candidate by Friday’s deadline. 

RasheencityhallphotoCongratulations to Rasheen Aldridge, officially unopposed on the ballot or by write-in candidate, the only candidate without an opponent in the November 5th Special Election, the next 78th District State Representative.

At the August 22nd Deadline for political parties and Nonpartisan/Independent candidates to file for 78th District’s Special Election, the only candidate to file was 5th Ward Democratic Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge. The Republican, Green, Libertarian, and Constitution Parties could have submitted a nominee but did not. No one submitted petition signatures to get on the ballot as an Independent candidate. Less than 200 signatures were needed.

Aldridge defeated 7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray Jr. for the nomination. Last year, Aldridge defeated Murray in his re-election bid for chairmanship of the 78th District Democratic Party Committee.

Absentee Voting is underway for the November 5th Special Election to fill the vacancy caused by resignation of 78th District State Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr.  In all, there are six Missouri House seats across the state with Special Elections that day.

78th District Missouri House Special Election
Special Saturday In Person Absentee Voting
9 am to 1 pm Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Board of Elections, 300 North Tucker

You may also vote Absentee in person 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday at the Board of Elections, 300 North Tucker. Absentee Ballot Information including Printable Application

Check your Voter Registration here

In the 7th Ward, Voters in Precincts 4, 5, and 6 (voting at Central Library in Downtown, St. Vincent’s Hall in LaSalle Park, and Metropolitan Community Church in Soulard) are in 78th District. Voters in 7th Ward, Precincts 1, 2, 3 (voting at Sigel School in McKinley Heights) are in 79th District represented by State Rep. LaKeySha Bosley.

All Wards and Precincts located within 78th District:

2nd Ward, 6th Precinct
3rd Ward, 1st Precinct
3rd Ward, 9th Precinct
5th Ward, 2nd Precinct
5th Ward, 3rd Precinct
5th Ward, 4th Precinct
5th Ward, 5th Precinct
5th Ward, 6th Precinct
5th Ward, 8th Precinct
6th Ward, 8th Precinct
6th Ward, 9th Precinct
7th Ward, 4th Precinct
7th Ward, 5th Precinct
7th Ward, 6th Precinct
8th Ward, 6th Precinct
9th Ward, 1st Precinct
9th Ward, 3rd Precinct
9th Ward, 4th Precinct
9th Ward, 5th Precinct
9th Ward, 6th Precinct
20th Ward, 1st Precinct
20th Ward, 3rd Precinct
20th Ward, 5th Precinct
20th Ward, 6th Precinct
25th Ward, 6th Precinct

Update: 78th District Election

rasheensignOctober 2nd, 9th Ward GOP Committeeman Mark Comfort opened a candidate account with Missouri Ethics Committee to run as a Write-In Candidate for 78th District State Representative Special Election on November 5th.

St. Louis City Democratic Committeepeople with precincts in the 78th District met, voted, and nominated 78th District Chair, 5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge for the post.

No other political party committee nominated a candidate.

No one collected the 200 petition signatures necessary to run as an Independent.

As of Monday, October 14th, Comfort had not filed paperwork with Missouri Secretary of State to be a Write-In Candidate. He has a Friday, October 25th Deadline. Even if he files with SOS, he will not be on the ballot. Only Rasheen Aldridge will be on the ballot.

Voter Registration has ended for this election.

Absentee Voting is underway. Special Saturday Absentee Voting Hours @ Election Board Downtown, 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, November 2nd.

Elect Rasheen Aldridge 78th District State Representative

Thursday 78th District Dems Nominating Meeting

democratic_party_logo6 pm Thursday, August 15, 2019
78th District Democratic Party Committee
Special Election Nominating Meeting
Patio at Nadine’s/The Joint @ 12th & Allen
1931 S 12th @ Allen
Open to the Public

♿️Accessibility: Patio accessible,  but no accessible restroom

Public Transit: #8 Bates-Morganford & #20 South Broadway stop at S 12th & Russell/Allen; Gravois-Lindell stops at Gravois & Russell

Applicable State Democratic Party By-Laws
Applicable Missouri Revised Statutes

Thursday, Democratic Party Ward Committeemen and Ward Committeewomen representing one or more precincts within the 78th Missouri House District will nominate a candidate for a November 5th Special Election to fill the vacancy caused by resignation of State Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr.

According to Governor Mike Parson’s call for the Special Election, political parties have until August 22nd to nominate their candidates.

Democratic Party Committeepeople will nominate using weighted voting. The candidates to date are 5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge and 7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray, Jr.

7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski has endorsed Rasheen Aldridge. Aldridge has held joint 5th & 7th Wards events in Downtown with Ceselski and 7th Ward Independent Democrats. Last year, Aldridge defeated Murray for chairmanship of the 78th District Committee.

Weighted voting is based on precinct turnout for the Democratic Party nominee for Governor in 2016- Chris Koster. Each ward’s precinct count is combined to produce a total. Every 100 votes equals a vote for a 78th District nominee. A ward with less than 100 votes for Koster still gets 1 vote to cast for nominee.

The weighted voting tallies are a follows:

2nd Ward, 6th Precinct: 3
Total 3 = 1 Vote Each Committeeperson

3rd Ward, 1st Precinct: 206
3rd Ward, 9th Precinct: 235
Total 441 = 4.41 Votes Each Committeeperson

5th Ward, 2nd Precinct: 310
5th Ward, 3rd Precinct: 500
5th Ward, 4th Precinct: 307
5th Ward, 5th Precinct: 422
5th Ward, 6th Precinct: 625
5th Ward, 8th Precinct: 252
Total 2416 = 24.16 Votes Each Committeeperson

6th Ward, 8th Precinct: 559
6th Ward, 9th Precinct: 77
Total 636 = 6.36 Votes Each Committeeperson

7th Ward, 4th Precinct: 1086
7th Ward, 5th Precinct: 959
7th Ward, 6th Precinct: 1101
Total 3146 = 31.46 Votes Each Committeeperson

8th Ward, 6th Precinct: 28
Total 28 = 1 Vote Each Committeeperson

9th Ward, 1st Precinct: 569
9th Ward, 3rd Precinct: 521
9th Ward, 4th Precinct: 382
9th Ward, 5th Precinct: 456
9th Ward, 6th Precinct: 481
Total 2409 = 24.09 Votes Each Committeeperson

20th Ward, 1st Precinct: 544
20th Ward, 3rd Precinct: 656
20th Ward, 5th Precinct: 622
20th Ward, 6th Precinct: 105
Total 1927 = 19.27 Votes Each Committeeperson

25th Ward, 6th Precinct: 3
Total 3 = 1 Vote Each Committeeperson