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Election board gets $75,000 more to aid spring voting

CITY HALL – the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, the city’s top fiscal body, has agreed to spend an additional $75,000 to safeguard and expand the voting experience for this spring’s municipal elections.

Mayor Lyda Krewson’s office announced the decision in a statement Wednesday. The money will be moved from the city’s general revenue fund to the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners, which runs all public elections in the city.

Krewson said: “We don’t know yet whether Missouri will extend or pass new legislation that in November allowed hundreds of thousands of people to vote absentee in-person or by mail. But it’s important that all municipalities be ready. This funding will help our election board prepare to meet any challenges in successfully and safely carrying out the very core of our democracy and creating expanded opportunities for our residents to make their voices heard.”

The election commissioners said they’d use some of the $75,000 allocation for voter outreach and to hire more staff for three satellite voting centers at area libraries for two weeks ahead of the March and April 2021 municipal elections. The rest of the money will help pay for distributing information about the changes because of the passage of Prop D, which establishes non-partisan races for the offices of Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, and the Board of Aldermen under an approval voting system.

The St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners’ website offers more information about the upcoming municipal election cycle, including key dates.

Krewson’s administration previously provided $60,000 in federal CARES Act dollars to help the election board offer off-site in-person absentee voting ahead of the November election at four of the city’s public library branches.

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