Election Day is Tuesday!

Election Day in Missouri is this Tuesday, August 7. 

Muslims for a Better America wants to keep you informed of everything you need to know about Primary Day. 

When: All polling places are open from 6:00am to 7:00pm

Where: Find your polling place

Voter identification: 

The following forms of identification are acceptable for voting purposes in Missouri:

  • Non-expired Missouri driver license; 
  • Non-expiring Missouri non-driver license; 
  • Non-expired document which contains the voter's name and photograph and is issued by the United States or the state of Missouri; or 
  • Non-expired or non-expiring 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.

If you have any trouble at the polls, please call (314) 615-1800 (St. Louis County Board of Elections) for help.   

Choose a Ballot: Next, you will be asked to select your preferred party in order to receive a ballot.  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: 

  • Democratic 
  • Green 
  • Libertarian 
  • Republican 
  • Constitutional
  • Nonpartisan (Voting only on propositions) 

Candidate Information:

To learn more about each of the candidates (that provided a questionnaire response) follow this link.   

For example, here is the information provided for the Democratic Party St. Louis County Executive race

     St. Louis County Executive

Mark Mantovani headshot
Mark Mantovani (Dem) Former CEO, Ansira 

Age: 64

Campaign website: http://www.MarkforSTL.com

Highest post-secondary education: J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

Incumbent?: No

 

Steve Stenger headshot

Steve Stenger (Dem) St. Louis County Executive

Age: 46

Campaign website: http://www.stevestenger.com/

Public elected offices held: County Councilman, 2009-2014; County Executive, 2015-present

Highest post-secondary education: J.D., St. Louis University

Incumbent?: Yes

What makes you qualified to serve in this office?

Mark Mantovani: I am uniquely qualified to serve as St. Louis County executive. I’ve been an entrepreneur, lawyer, teacher, coach, CEO, problem solver, community leader and lifelong learner. Collaboration, cooperation, integrity, innovation, commitment and passion are key leadership skills I bring to the position. I will provide a new visionary perspective and break the status quo.

Steve Stenger: Results from my first term in office: created a nearly statewide prescription drug monitoring program; Proposition P funding added 100 police officers, allowed two officers in every car, increased community policing and paid for body and dashboard cameras; stimulated $5 billion in economic development and 30,000 jobs. I am also a licensed attorney and CPA.

What would you do to build strong relationships with Council members and area stakeholders?

Mark Mantovani: I will be open and collaborative with the council and keep them properly informed, prepared, staffed and empowered. I will partner with county employees to deliver world-class public services to residents. I will create an Office of Municipal Affairs to work effectively with mayors and municipal officials and I will be visible and engaged with local leaders.

Steve Stenger: I work with regional leaders and stakeholders daily. I chair the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and we are addressing issues like transportation and public safety. I worked with the County Council to pass the first minority inclusion bill, brought back Northwest Plaza, reformed the county pension system saving $300 million and cut millions in wasteful spending. 

Proposition Information:

Prop A- Statewide measure so called "Right to Work"

Prop A is the so-called “Right to Work,” law.   

To learn more about Prop A, visit this link. 

A "yes" vote is to uphold the contested legislation, Senate Bill 19, which would enact a right-to-work law to mandate that no person can be required to pay dues to a labor union or join a labor union as a condition of employment.

A "no" vote is to overturn the contested legislation, Senate Bill 19, which would enact a right-to-work law to mandate that no person can be required to pay dues to a labor union or join a labor union as a condition of employment.

The right-to-work law, which the legislature passed and the governor signed in 2017, is on hold until voters determine the law’s fate at the election.

Polls:  

July 10, 2018: The Missouri Times released polling from The Remington Research Group. Of the 1,034 Missouri voters surveyed, 38 percent said they would vote "yes" (uphold right-to-work), 56 percent said they would vote "no" (repeal right-to-work), and 6 percent were undecided.

July 31, 2018: Our Revolution, a nonprofit organization aligned with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), endorsed a "no" vote on Proposition A.

July 31, 2018: Martin Luther King III, a civil rights activist and oldest son of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, called for a "no" vote on Proposition A.

July 30, 2016: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board endorsed a "no" vote on Proposition A.

July 30, 2018: The Southeast Missourian editorial board endorsed a "yes" vote on Proposition A.

July 16, 2018: Gov. Mike Parson (R) told reporters that he was planning to campaign for a "yes" vote on Proposition A.

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.   

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.   

Prop 4 - St. Louis County Measure - NULLIFIED (Votes will not count)

Proposition 4 was struck down by the Circuit Court for being 'too vague'. Because absentee voting (early voting) had already begun before the decision was made, it will still appear on all ballots. Each polling place will have signs informing voters that any votes cast for this particular race will not be counted.

 

MBA works to make sure its members stay informed before going to the polls. Feel free to forward this message to anyone on your contact list that you think would benefit from having this information. 

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Best,

Saad Amir

Executive Director