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 convoluted language.
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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