The Missouri Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Hubby Tony and I have
a schedule conflict on that day, so today we drove to the St. Louis County
Board of Elections office and cast absentee ballots.
In Missouri, primary elections are open, which means that a voter can
participate in the party primary of their choice (Republican, Democratic,
Libertarian, or Constitution) or request a Propositions Only ballot. I was
able to look up a sample ballot online and do some research to figure out how
I would vote. There hasn't been much information disseminated yet about the
three County propositions, but I did the best I could to figure out the
The election office had moved since the last time I voted absentee. Now it is at an auxiliary County government center in St. Ann, a suburb
about 20 minutes from my house. (The area used to be a shopping mall according to
Wikipedia, in the late 1980s one of the largest in the country before it declined and was eventually closed.)
Once I pulled
into the parking lot signs directed me to the correct building, and there was
a large pop up flag sign next to the door. I walked in, navigated through the metal detector, then asked where the
election office was. An associate pointed me towards an office to the left.
Inside the office there was no one else in line, but I still had to
navigate through a short maze of crowd control ropes to reach the desk.The clerk asked for my driver's license, scanned it, then turned a screen around and asked me to verify that my information was correct. She printed out a ballot, initialed it, then walked across the room to get a
second judge's initials.
When she came back she pointed out the side room that held the voting booths. In that room another clerk told me I could use any booth I wanted. Because I had done my
research and had my selections made the actual voting only took a couple of minutes. After all the boxes were filled in I walked over to the scanner and fed
the ballot in. I could have helped myself to a I Voted sticker, but
thought if I wore one it might confuse people the rest of the day.
It will be interesting to see how my votes jibe with the general population
after the election is over.
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