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NEW POLL: 72% of St. Louis Voters Support Approval Voting Initiative

An overwhelming majority of voters in St. Louis say they would vote in favor of reform that would allow them to choose as many candidates as they want in city elections. This is according to a recent poll by the Center for Election Science (CES).

A ballot initiative is being proposed by St. Louis Approves that would implement Approval Voting in local elections. Approval Voting allows voters to select as many candidates in a race as they approve of (hence the name). The reform is designed to give voters the confidence to vote for the candidate(s) of their choice, without forcing them to choose a lesser evil or make them feel like they are throwing away their vote.

Here are some key findings from the CES poll on this initiative:

  • After reading the initiative, 72% of St. Louis voters say they would vote for it;
  • This number remains relatively unchanged after voters see the arguments for and against;
  • A¬†majority of respondents said they would be more likely to vote in local elections under approval voting (53% of all citizens);
  • This includes demographics considered to be low propensity voters such as 68% of citizens with some college or less, 64% of people aged 18-35, and 63% of people "very dissatisfied" with St. Louis elections; and
  • 75% of Democrats, 60% of Republicans, and 72% of Independents polled said they support the initiative based solely on the language of the initiative.

St. Louis voters mostly agree: their officials do not represent them well. And at the foundation of poor representation is how these officials are elected. St. Louis Approves is proposing a solution that offers more choice, better representation, and the confidence that a vote is never wasted.

Get more information on the initiative here.

Stay tuned for more updates on this effort and more!

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About the Author

Shawn Griffiths

Shawn is an election reform expert and National Editor of He studied history and philosophy at the University of North Texas. He joined the IVN team in 2012.

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