VOTE411.org helps voters create sample ballot

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Vote411.org is now live online. The Voters Guide, produced by the League of Women Voters and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, allows voters to see the races on their ballots, compare candidates’ positions side-by-side, and read an unbiased summary of ballot initiatives.

“To make the voting experience go more smoothly and to lessen confusion, I encourage voters to go to Vote411.org to learn more about the candidates and ballot issues before going to the polls,” said Nancy J. Miller, co-president of the Metro St. Louis League.

“The League is supporting Amendment 1 to clean up Missouri politics and Prop B to raise the minimum wage.”

AMENDMENT 1

Amendment 1, the CLEAN Missouri initiative, has been endorsed by the St. Louis Labor Council, the Post-Dispatch, Columbia Daily Tribune, Kansas City Star and Washington Missourian.

If approved, Amendment 1 would:
Lower campaign contribution limits.
• Eliminate most lobbyist gifts.
• Require state government to be more transparent by following the Sunshine Law.
• Stop the revolving door of legislators becoming lobbyists. Legislators would have to wait two years after leaving office before becoming lobbyists.
• Require fair legislative maps to eliminate the process of gerrymandering.

For more information on Amendment 1, visit cleanmissouri.org.

PROP B: RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE

Prop B, the Raise the Minimum Wage initiative would raise the current minimum wage from $7.85 to $8.60 in 2019 and then gradually increase it by 85 cents a year until it reaches $12 an hour in 2023.

For information on Prop B, visit raiseupmo.org.

OTHER MEASURES

Statewide, there are also three medical marijuana measures, a motor fuels tax, and Bingo.

Besides the four Constitutional amendments and three propositions on the statewide ballot, there are eight propositions and 21 judges on the St. Louis County ballot.

SEE WHAT’S ON YOUR BALLOT

Miller said voters can see what’s on their ballots by going to Vote411.org and typing in their address. A voter can go through all the options to receive a personal guide to print and refer to at her or his polling place.

The Post-Dispatch will publish a print version of the Voters Guide on Friday, Oct. 26. League volunteers will deliver thousands of copies to dozens of community centers, libraries, senior centers, religious organizations and other sites.

The League of Women Voters® is a non-partisan political organization that envisions a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.

For more information, contact Jean Dugan at 314-961-6869.

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