Sun April 6, 2014
Voters Prepare For Municipal Elections; School Board Races Are Key
Tuesday is Election Day throughout the region, and voters will be asked to decide on local leaders, school board members and tax and bond issues.
While there are few high-profile races or issues on the ballot, several school board races are expected to be particularly consequential.
In Normandy, a school district whose very existence is up in the air, three seats on the school board are being contested. At issue is whether the incumbents should have handled the transfer situation differently or more aggressively. One of the incumbent board members urged voters to turn the current board members out and vote for any of the challengers instead.
In Ferguson-Florissant, the school board races have been influenced by the controversy over the popular but now departed superintendent, Art McCoy. In part, the discussion about McCoy has been about race. He is African American, as is a majority of the Ferguson-Florissant student body, but no members of the current school board are black. All three members of the slate in the race are black.
Here's what you need to know:
- Where to vote: You can find your polling place through the Missouri secretary of state's office here. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- What you need to bring: Voters have to bring some form of identification to the polls, but it doesn't have to be a photo ID. Common forms include driver's licenses, utility bills and bank statements. The secretary of state's office has a more complete list of acceptable forms.
- More information: The St. Louis County Board of Elections has a full list of the candidates and propositions. So does the St. Charles County Election Authority and the Jefferson County county clerk.