Why Proposition D?


Democracy: To have a truly representative democracy, we need to be able to elect candidates who have the support of the people.

However, St. Louis City’s current election system allows candidates to win with a small amount of support.

We’ve had too many elections where 65% of St. Louisans voted for someone other than the winner.


How does it work?


The question on the ballot explains it all:

Shall the City of St. Louis adopt an ordinance to:

  • establish an open, non-partisan system for elections to the offices of Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, and Alderman

  • enable voters to choose all the candidates they wish in the open, non-partisan primary

  • allow the top two candidates to then compete in a runoff during the general election?


Can you tell me more?

Proposition D incorporates two helpful practices:

  1. Approval voting in an open primary to allow voters to select all the candidates they wish, eliminating concerns about vote splitting or spoiler candidates. In 2018, Fargo, North Dakota became the first US city to pass approval voting.

  2. The top-two, nonpartisan runoff system used in Kansas City, Chicago, and many other municipalities.

This will increase voter turnout and engagement, helping voters be part of the process of picking leadership in our city. Voters know our votes will matter.

It will give voters a bigger voice and a fair election.

And it forces candidates to work to get broad support, instead of sliding by with a small amount of community support.


What are the benefits?

  • Empower voters: Approval Voting gives voters more power to express their opinion about the candidates.

  • Ensure broad support & eliminate vote splitting: Approval Voting ensures that the winning candidate has broad support and that similar candidates can't split the vote or "spoil" the election.

  • Fight big money in politics: Approval Voting ensures that the candidates with the best ideas, not the biggest bank accounts, have a fair shot at running and winning.


Who started this campaign?

Five grassroots volunteers started working on voting reform in St. Louis City in early 2018 to ensure winning candidates have broad support among voters. Now we have developed a thorough policy and campaign plan to turn this into reality. Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped make this campaign possible!

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STL Approves team members pose with petitions. With a dedicated team and enthusiastic grassroots support, we can pass Prop D!

STL Approves team members pose with petitions. With a dedicated team and enthusiastic grassroots support, we can pass Prop D!