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Polls are ready to welcome voters

ST. LOUIS – At 6 a.m. Tuesday, polls open citywide for the municipal general election that will determine who the next mayor will be. Voters will also pick aldermen, decide whether to extend the city’s earning tax for another five years, and pick how to fund a required sewer upgrade.

Here are the basics about voting Tuesday:

  • Polls open at 6 a.m. and stay open until 7 p.m. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote, but latecomers will not.
  • Voters should go to the polling place designated for their home address. The city has a search function on its website; a person can simply enter a home address, and the correct polling site will be displayed.
  • At the polls, voters need to show identification, but there are various options. One is the voter registration card that the local election authority mails to voters. Another would be a government-issued ID such as a drivers license or passport, or an ID from a Missouri university or technical school. A current utility bill, paycheck or bank statement that has the voter’s name and address can be used, too. The Missouri Secretary of State’s office has an explanation of the various kinds of acceptable IDs for voting.
  • If you have registered to vote but don’t have an ID with you, you can cast what’s called a provisional ballot. If election officials can verify that your signature matches the signature on the voter registry, your ballot will be counted. Or, if you come back to the polling place before it closes and show an acceptable photo ID, the ballot will be counted. Otherwise it may not be.
  • A sample ballot can be viewed on the city’s website.
  • Polling places are exercising what the Board of Election Commissioners calls “careful measures” to make voting safe for both voters and poll workers. Face masks and social distancing should be expected.

The Board of Election Commissioners began Saturday allowing absentee voters to cast their ballots in person at the board’s office at 300 N. Tucker Boulevard. Normally the office is not open on Saturdays, but the board offered voting access from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. that day. Absentee voters can also cast their ballots at the office on Monday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The deadline to mail in an absentee ballot was March 24.

Staff

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