Every election, you have the power to decide on people and policies that best represent the needs of your community. Elected officials are accountable to you.

During these difficult times, it may feel confusing or unsafe to vote, but the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) has a website page dedicated to helping you make a plan to vote safely this upcoming election.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Commit to voting and make a plan. 
  2. Check your voter registration to make sure you are eligible to vote.  
  3. If you are voting by absentee ballot, make sure your ballot is received by 7pm on April 6. Your ballot can be mailed or dropped off in-person by you or a close relative. You will need your ballot notarized unless you are confined due to illness or physical disability.   
  4. If you are voting in person, find your polling place ahead of time in the City of St. Louis or in St. Louis County. Polls are open from 6am – 7pm. Remember, if you are in line before the polls close, you can cast your vote!
  5. Know who and what you’re voting for before you get to the polls. To find a sample ballot, visit the Board of Election websites for the City of St. Louis or St. Louis County.
  6. If you are voting in-person, follow the six strategies in the image below to limit the spread of COVID-19 and make voting safer. You can’t control everything, but you can be prepared. 

If you live in St. Louis City, your social media pages have likely been flooded with mayoral candidate materials. But do you have the information you need to make an informed vote?

The Social Policy & Electoral Accountability Collaborative (SPEAC) hosted the 2021 St. Louis Mayoral Candidate Forum to provide St. Louisans’ a sense of how the top two mayoral candidates plan to make St. Louis a more racially equitable city. If you missed the forum, you can watch a recording here.

Candidate Tishaura Jones and Candidate Cara Spencer spoke to a variety of topics – ranging from violence prevention to education. The RHC is a sponsoring partner of SPEAC’s Mayoral Forum because St. Louis cannot achieve health equity without racial equity.

We look forward to seeing you at the polls (from a safe distance)! 

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