03 Aug Primary Election Update: August 1, 2018
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Primary election day is right around the corner. I am hopeful you’ve made your plan to get to the polls and vote on Tuesday, August 7, between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM. There are important races and ballot initiatives…all of which deserve our attention. Our democratic process depends upon each of us doing our civic duty and voting!
This newsletter is designed to provide you with the information you need to make your participation in the election process successful! It includes information about early voting, your polling place on election day, identification needed, a phone number should you encounter any difficulties, ballot choices, and information about the propositions. At the bottom of the page, you will find my upcoming community events. Please plan to join me, and make your reservations.
I look forward to seeing you at the polls on Tuesday!
With gratitude for the opportunity to serve,
Senator Jill Schupp
Step 1- Polling place and voter identification
Early voting (absentee:)
When: Now through August 6th
- Monday-Friday (August 1st-5th) 8:00am- 4:30pm
- Saturday (August 4th) 9:00am- 1:00pm
- Monday, August 6th 8:00am- 5:00om
- Keller Plaza, 4544 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63129
- Northwest Crossing, 715 Northwest Plaza Drive, St. Ann, MO 63074
- Clarkson Wilson Centre, 74 Clarkson Wilson Centre, Chesterfield, MO 63017
August 7th voting:
When: All polling places open from 6:00am to 7:00pm
Where: Find your polling place
The following forms of identification are acceptable for voting purposes in Missouri:
- Nonexpired Missouri driver license;
- Nonexpiring Missouri non-driver license;
- Nonexpired document which contains the voter’s name and photograph and is issued by the United States or the state of Missouri; or
- Nonexpired or nonexpiring military ID card which contains a photograph
If you do not have any of the above forms of ID, you may also use the following forms of identification and sign a statement provided by the election judge at your polling place. You will receive a regular ballot which is counted just as if you had one of the ID forms listed above:
- Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state;
- Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof;
- Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri; or
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter
If you do not possess any of these forms of identification, but are a registered voter, you may still cast a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted if you return to the polling place and show a valid photo ID or if the signature on the provisional ballot envelope matches the signature on your voter registration record.
Rules have been put in place which may make you nervous or discourage you from voting. Don’t let that happen! These are YOUR elections and if you are registered, you get to vote! If you have any trouble at the polls, please call (314) 615-1800 (St. Louis County Board of Elections) for help.
Step 2 – Choose a ballot
Next, you will be asked to select your preferred party in order to receive a ballot. This allows you to vote in the primary election for the party of your choice. You should not feel intimidated or concerned when you are asked to choose a party. This is the only way to vote in a primary election. If you do not choose a party you will receive a ballot that only allows you to vote on the issues, not any candidates. In Missouri, you are not registered by party. The ballot you choose does not obligate you to any party. You will be able to choose a ballot from among the following parties:
- Nonpartisan (Voting only on propositions)
The party ballot that you choose will not be recorded, nor is any government agency tracking which party’s ballot you take. The vote tally machine only records the votes, not who cast which ballot.
When the polls close, the disks that have recorded the vote-tally information are ejected, sealed, locked, and delivered to the Board of Elections authority where they are counted.
Step 3 – Vote
1. To select the respective party’s candidates to be the party’s nominees in the general election
2. To approve or reject state and county ballot measures (propositions)
To learn more about each of the candidates (that provided a questionnaire response) follow this link.
Prop A – Statewide measure so-called “Right to Work”
Prop A is the so-called “Right to Work,” law. If passed, this law will take away a union’s ability to require employees to pay dues as a condition of employment. Regardless of whether an employee is paying dues, even with the passage of this bill, the unions are required to negotiate on behalf of all employees for salaries, benefits, and of course, safety requirements and pensions. Unions are also required to represent the employees in negotiation by providing counsel in the event of employment disputes.
In other words, all employees, even those paying nothing to the union for its services, receive all services from the union. This law is designed to undermine unions and the ability of employees to collectively bargain. It starves the union by allowing employees to “freeload,” undoing the ability of the union to afford adequate representation on behalf of working people.
Please join me in voting “NO” on Prop A.
To learn more about Prop A, visit this link.
Prop 2 – St. Louis County measure
Prop 2 is a ballot measure that would remove the provision in the St. Louis County Charter that bars the County Council from hiring an attorney independent of the County government for legal representation or services.
Historically, the County Counselor’s office, which falls under the purview of the County Executive, has provided legal services for all St. Louis County civil government needs. Recent disagreements between the legislative and executive branches were the impetus of this County Council ballot measure request, which allows the council to hire outside legal representation.
This proposition is currently being challenged in court, and should a ruling be issued before the primary, the results of the vote on Prop 2 will be disregarded.
A “yes” vote would allow a change to the Charter permitting the Council to hire outside legal services.
A “no” vote would keep the law as is, requiring the Council to use the legal services of the County Counselor’s office.
Prop 3 – St. Louis County measure
The St. Louis County Charter makes it illegal for those serving as County elected officials to simultaneously hold another office or to be employed by the United States, the State of Missouri, or any municipality or political subdivision.
The ballot measure seeks to clarify differing interpretations so that County Council members could this perform independent contract work for other government organizations. This ballot measure was prompted by a challenge to a council member’s outside governmental contractual work currently being performed.
A “yes” vote would change the Charter to specify that independent government contract work is not in violation, in essence, deeming it not to be a conflict of interest.
A “no” vote would leave the current language in place, subject to resolution should a challenge be brought in court, or should other language be approved going forward.
This proposition is currently being challenged in court, and should a ruling be issued before the primary, the results of the vote on Prop 3 will be disregarded.
For an explanation of the dispute click here.
Prop 4 – St. Louis County measure
Proposition 4 was struck down by the court. It will still appear on the ballot since it had not been struck down at the time of printing. However, the votes will not be counted and the proposition has been declared invalid.
Hosted by Sen. Jill Schupp with Rep. Tracy McCreery
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