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Uprising: Elections

Kevin Windham Jr., Rev. Christine Pennington-Stancil, Pastor Clinton Stancil
From L to R: Kevin Windham Jr., Democratic State Representative for Missouri’s 85th District; Rev. Christine Pennington-Stancil, Voter Program Lead and Civic Engagement Coordinator, Missouri Faith Voices; Pastor Clinton Stancil, Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church

The uprising for Black lives has disrupted the social and economic status quo through protests, highway shutdowns and occupations. It has also been an opportunity for activists and organizers to build power and engage people politically. But the pandemic, changes to the postal service, and the increasingly polarized political climate will impact the upcoming general election in major ways. So in this episode, we hear from a state representative who helped to come up with new absentee and mail-in balloting guidelines and two ministers who are part of multi-racial and multi-faith coalitions that engage voters and increase voter turnout.

As a reminder, the last day to register to vote in Missouri for the November 3rd general election is October 7th, a date that some suggest for requesting your absentee or mail in ballot.

The final deadline for requesting an absentee ballot and submitting a mail in ballot in Missouri is October 21st at 5pm.

To request an absentee ballot in Missouri, visit movote.org.

Missouri state law requires absentee ballots to be notarized for free and notaries can be found at most financial institutions.

For an updated list of notaries, visit sos.mo.gov/elections/MailinNotary or call the Missouri Secretary of State’s office at (800) 669-8683.

To learn more about your voting options, voter registration status, or how to become a poll worker, visit vote411.org.

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Jia Lian Yang holds both a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. She is the co-founder of the St. Louis-based Who Raised You? podcast, which explores culture and family with a focus on stories from people of color. The show won the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ 2018 stARTup competition. And this year, St. Louis Magazine’s editors named it the best local podcast.
Lauren Brown is a 2019 graduate of The University of Missouri where she studied Journalism and Social Justice. At Mizzou, Lauren was a host and producer at KBIA 91.3fm an NPR affiliate, and an outreach team member for the Columbia Missourian. Lauren was the host and producer of an APM Reports documentary, Black At Mizzou: Confronting race on campus which aired on August 14, 2020.

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