The right to vote is the bedrock foundation of democracy. Today, St. Louis votes in its first ‘approval voting’ primary for Mayor – a groundbreaking system that gives voters more power in the democratic process. Good luck to all the amazing candidates today, and remember to vote before the polls close at 7pm!
So what is ‘Approval Voting’? In November, St. Louis voters passed Proposition D, which switched the city’s municipal elections to a nonpartisan “approval voting” system. The way it works is that voters can vote for as many candidates as they think would make a good mayor (or whatever office is up for election) and the two candidates with the most votes advance to a head-to-head general election. (In other variants of approval voting, the person with the most votes is simply named the winner after one round of voting.)
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