photo courtesy of Charlotte Lyons
Two days ago CWEnder Greg Stroube posted an offer on NextDoor to notarize absentee ballots free-of-charge. That generous deed quickly unleashed a grassroots effort to help, and that effort is ready to roll starting tomorrow, Saturday, June 13, in front of the Schlafly Branch Library.
Two of the three CWEnders who stepped up, Martha Bagnall and Rita Winters, just recently became notaries specifically to assist with absentee ballots. Lawyer and notary Kimberly Shapiro was quick to pitch in as well.
Missouri has recently changed the guidelines for voting by mail in 2020. Because of COVID-19, any Missouri voter can vote by mail, but that ballot needs to be notarized. If you are over the age of 65, at a higher risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19, or are confined due to illness or disability, you do not need to have your ballot notarized.
The first step though is to obtain an application for a ballot for the upcoming August 4 election in the City of St. Louis. The volunteers mentioned above will be in front of Schlafly Library at Euclid and Lindell tomorrow from 10 to 3 with applications to vote by mail, pre-addressed envelopes and a stamp if you need one. They will be available at other times to notarize those applications if needed, and again for the presidential election in November.
The August 4 election is right around the corner, so please take advantage of this opportunity or contact the Board of Election Commissioners to obtain your application. Absentee voting begins on June 23. Here is more information about that August 4 election.
And here is a chart explaining HOW TO VOTE ABSENTEE OR BY MAIL IN MISSOURI IN 2020 DUE TO COVID_
P.S. – Please wear a mask and stay socially distanced when you stop by tomorrow. Thank you!
Central West End Association Board Member Greg Stroube (above right at 2019’s 4th of July Parade) posted a notice today on NextDoor offering to notarize mail-in ballots for upcoming elections. He asked that I share this information with you:
Missouri Mail-In Voting. On June 4th, 2020, Governor Parsons signed legislation making it possible to vote by mail in the August 4th primary election and the November 3rd general election. The big problem for a lot of people is that all ballots must be notarized. To make it as easy as possible for as many people as possible to vote safely, I will notarize any ballot free of charge. You can message me on Next Door or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, I will occasionally let everyone know where I’ll be set up at a public place in the CWE to make myself available to notarize ballots. In addition to your ballot, you will need a picture ID.
Let’s vote! Use this link to download a request for a mail-in ballot: https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionGoVoteMissouri/2020MailInBallotRequest.pdf
After this was posted Martha Bagnall weighed in on NextDoor with this message: “I just became a notary for the same reason! If you need ballot notarization (which is required to be free, by the state), you can also email me at email@example.com and we can arrange it.”
NOTE & A CORRECTION: After downloading the form last evening I discovered that the ability to vote absentee was limited to those over 65, and to those with underlying health conditions susceptible to COVID 19. Martha Bagnall reached out to City of St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners and learned that everyone under the age of 65 can also vote absentee as long as ballot is notarized. It appears that those over 65 do not need a notarized ballot, but please check the website, and perhaps get it notarized anyway. Forms are in the process of being updated.
The article that follows was published before Gov. Mike Parsons signed the measure:
To learn more about voting in Missouri use this link: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMiss
As a thank you for those “who have been so selfless during this time,” the Garden Club of St. Louis saluted BJC healthcare workers and first responders with a stunning Flower Flash that was installed on Euclid near the CAM early this morning.
Inspired by a similar effort in NYC, a request went out from GCSL’s Harriette Warren to 170 members of the organization to “donate flowers from yours or a friend’s garden, local shop/grocer” for this effort.
all photos courtesy of Garden Club of St. Louis
Buckets were filled with bouquets created by members that healthcare workers and first responders were encouraged to take home. All the bouquets were snapped up by early afternoon.
Thank you to former CWEnder and GCSL member Mary Morgan for sharing this heartwarming story, and for all the members who participated. We needed a big dose of hope today.