Voting Guide: Nov. 2018 Midterm Elections
St. Louis Metro has a crowded November 2018 ballot. There’s a good reason that you keep hearing that this is the most important election of our collective lifetimes.
Look, I get that people reading this may not entirely agree with me on all issues, but we should all agree that there’s a lot at stake right now.
Both the United States Federal Government and the State of Missouri are being run by a super majority, and by a party that gives short shrift to working people. All of our state’s resources and our country’s priorities cannot continue to advantage the very wealthy individuals and corporate entities that have reaped major rewards in the form of tax cuts on the state and federal level since 2016. It’s making our state and our nation broke.
Let’s fix this.
Because the ballot is so long, I’m linking to endorsements from third parties that outline my thinking to keep the guide itself reasonably short. I’ve made some comments, but they are brief.
If you have any questions about what a disaster her opponent Josh Hawley would be in the Senate, just take a look at his atrocious record as state attorney general. McCaskill has been endorsed by every single paper that I could name, as well as every single moderate and progressive activist in the region. We desperately need to keep her in the Senate. Do your job. Vote for Claire.
U.S. Rep District 1
*I know many of us wish that this said Cori Bush. I’m one of those people, too. Clay has his flaws, but it’s hard to argue with how he actually votes. (He supports Medicare-for-All and you can find his avarice for this president all over his social media platforms.) So vote for him (and then read this).
U.S. Rep District 2
I have met Cort several times and I’m well-acquainted with the remarkable, energetic, young, forward-looking, hard-working group of people that he’s surrounded himself with to run his campaign. When we send a representative to D.C. we don’t just send the rep: we send the whole team. Cort will not only represent the 2nd with distinction, his entire team with stay in touch with his base, which is far more than his out-of-touch opponent (the incumbent, Ann Wagner) has ever done. It’s rare that we’ve had someone this qualified run in this district. Let’s send Cort and his team to D.C. to represent the second how we, as a region and a city, deserve.
City and County Missouri Candidates for State Senate and MO House of Representatives
We have a lot of excellent Missouri State Senate and House representatives running this midterm cycle (this is an understatement), and many democrats are running in districts where republicans normally run unopposed. I could list all of them (there are a lot), but let’s keep it simple:
VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRAT RUNNING IN YOUR DISTRICT.
St. Louis is one of the few purple regions (literally one of two) where we can swing the tide of the GOP supermajority and get some balance back into our state politics.
If you’re not sure what district you’re in, you can find your state house, senate U.S. congressional districts here:
Any questions about who’s running in your district? Comment below and we’ll get that all cleared up for you.
You can also reach out to Indivisible St. Louis for more guidance:
Statewide (both City and County Can Vote)
Amendment 1: Yes
Amendment 2: Yes
Amendment 3: No*
(*see above NORML recommendation for Amendment 2; these are the two medical marijuana initiatives)
Amendment 4: Yes*
*Somehow, for whatever reason, voters can amend the state constitution for bingo games. It’s not a remotely controversial ballot initiative, so I’m going with a “yes”
Proposition B: Yes*
*Every editorial board of every regional news organization, labor group, and nearly everyone worth mentioning (except the MO GOP) supports raising the minimum wage in MO. I picked the Post Dispatch editorial because the article isn’t behind a paywall and spells out the economic benefits to the state and individuals clearly and succinctly.
Proposition C: No*
*This is the THIRD option for voters to legalize medical marijuana on this single ballot. Please see above recommendation from MO NORML (Amendment 2)
Proposition D: Yes*
*I wish I could link to the article in our Midwest Traveler magazine (there isn’t an online version) that endorses Prop D, but I’ll quote from it briefly: our state has the country’s 7th largest network of roads, and ranks 46th in revenue per mile. We also boast the 7th largest number of bridges (10,403), and 60% of those have lived beyond their intended lifespan of 50 years. 922 of them are in poor condition. Our relatively large system is funded with what is currently the lowest fuel taxes in the U.S. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) can’t keep pace with any reasonable road and bridge improvement and repair schedule. The current $0.17/gallon tax would top out at $0.27/gallon by 2022. (Source: Midwest Traveler, September/October 2018, “Fueling Safer Roads.)
St. Louis City
Judicial retention: along with Indivisible STL, I did as much research as I could, and from what I found, there aren’t any judges we need to remove from the bench.
You can review their standing with the Bar Association with this online reference: MO Bar Review.
We even took our research to the street level and asked around amongst our colleagues and friends who are far more familiar with the judicial system than we are, and we didn’t get any advice contrary to what we posted above.
St. Louis County
I know. It is what it is. Sorry.
*Running unopposed, and this is a real turning point for our community. Never underestimate what an uphill battle it was for us to get to this moment. Savor your “yes” vote. It’s momentous.
St. Louis County Council, District 3*
*All other candidates are running unopposed. If you have to vote for an unopposed Republican, here’s my advice: never to leave any spots blank or the entire ballot could be thrown out. I repeat: NEVER LEAVE ANY OPTIONS BLANK EVER. Thanks.
St. Louis County Charter Amendments
Prop 1: Yes
Prop 2: Yes
Prop B: Yes
Prop C: Yes
Prop D: Yes
Prop E: You can vote, but a judge struck it down; I recommend a “yes” vote in the meantime
Prop F: Yes
Prop Z: Yes
General Information about Voting and Absentee Voting
The St. Louis Post Dispatch has also made an interactive voting guide for this midterm season and you can check it out here.
County Absentee Voting Info: https://www.stlouisco.com/yourgovernment/elections/absenteevoting
Uber and Lyft are offering free rides on election day.
Still Have Questions?
Ping me in the comments below, or ping Indivisible St. Louis or Indivisible St. Louis Resist (they are sister orgs for Indivisible in the County and City, respectively) and we’ll help you sort out this crowded ballot.
Whatever it is that you need to do to remove any excuses or obstacles to voting: DO IT.