Increasing Voter Turnout

While the League wants to increase voter turnout, members are concerned about a proposal by Secretary of State Jay Aschcroft to make more local elections partisan.

“There are better ways to increase voter turnout,” said Marilyn McLeod, president of the MissouriLeague of Women Voters. “A simple one would be like we did a year ago during COVID, where we made mail-in ballots more widely available, and people really liked that.”

McLeod said before the state considers a radical change like eliminating nonpartisan elections, it should first make sure it’s as easy as possible to cast a ballot.

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Turnout for the April 6 municipal elections was very low. St. Louis City reported that 29.09 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot in the mayoral race. Turn-out was lower in other jurisdictions.

St. Louis County – 14.3 percent

Kansas City – 10.99 percent

Jackson County – 10.5 percent

Clay County – 9.87 percent

Platte County – 15.35 percent

Click here for helpful information on voting rights from the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition. If you encounter any problems voting or have questions, call the Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

This Register & Vote Brochure provides more information on registering and voting in Missouri. For unbiased information on candidates and ballot measures, go to VOTE411.org before each election.

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