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Board of Election Training Session 2008
Jerry Stoff, Deputy Republican Director, explained election proceedures to the Roving Deputies during a final training session, November 1, at the BOE headquarters.

St. Louis Board of Election Makes Final Preparations Before Tuesday, Nov. 4th General Election
ST. LOUIS, (SLFP.com), November 1, 2008 - St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners held a final training session, November 1, for Roving Deputies at the downtown headquarters, located at Tucker and Olive Streets.

The duties of these individuals are critical as they are the ones who will be doing the following:

Board of Election Training Session 2008
(L - R) City Poll Judges Christina Abou-Nader, Ronald Williams and Summer Richardson are being tested for various components for the disabled on the optical voting scan computer by City BOE training supervisor Paul Schmitt (right).
  • Making certain that all polling places are opened on time;
  • Monitoring all polling places within a given ward to make sure voters are processed in a timely and orderly fashion;
  • Distributing certain election materials and goods as needed.
The Board of Election Commissioners for the City of St. Louisis anticipate a 75%-80% turn out during the Tuesday, November 4, 2008 General Election.

Last General Election, nearly 6,000 absentee ballots were turned in. On Saturday, more than 15,000 absentee ballots were turned in and more are anticipated on Monday.

Voters will vote on more than 25 races and propositions, including the race for the U.S. President and Vice President.


Registered Voters in City of St. Louis to Receive New 'Notice of Election' Card Containing Sample Ballot
Election 2008
(L - R) U.S. Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr., Election Board Secretary and Commissioner Eileen McCann, Election Board Commissioner Clarence E. Dula, and Election Board Chairman Carol Ann Wilson with copies of the new notification card containing a sample ballot that will be sent to all registered voters in the City of St. Louis.
By Bob Moore, SLFP.com
ST. LOUIS, (SLFP.com), October 23, 2008 - The St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners held a joint news conference with U.S. Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr., Thursday morning, at the Board's office at 300 North Tucker Blvd. to introduce the new "Notice of Election" cards that are being mailed to every registered voter in the City of St. Louis.

In addition to telling the voter where he/she should go on November 4 to vote, the new notification card will also contain a sample ballot that the voter can take with him/her to his/her polling place on Election Day to facilitate the voting process.

In an interview, Congressman Clay said, "It looks like we are going towards a November 4, 2008 election day that will be drastically improved from November of 2000. With the assistance of this board, people will have better access to the ballot box in order to cast their vote and have their vote counted."

Congressman Clay gave credit to the election board and to its staff for recognizing early in the election process that the ballot itself was going to be very long and cumbersome. "Most voters like to read what they are voting for prior to actually voting on it," said Congressman Clay.

"I timed myself when I voted early (absentee) and it took me seven to eight minutes to go through that ballot. So that means if every voter had to take seven to eight minutes, it means other voters will have to spend more time standing in line. And, I'm a speed reader," he laughed.

Congressman Clay noted that the new Notice of Election ballots were only for the City of St. Louis. "I think it's a great public service they put together," he said.

Election officials hope that the new sample ballots will decrease wait times and make election day more efficient for everyone. Election Board Chairman Carol A. Wilson emphasized that they wanted voters to have a chance to review the ballots before they get to the polling place. "That will help everyone vote a little more quickly and help the lines move better," she said.

Wilson said voters will be able to bring their new sample ballots into the booths when they come to vote. She added that voters can't come inside to vote wearing buttons, hats or shirts that promote a candidate or issue or oppose a candidate or issue. That would violate election laws.


Lead Poisoning Down in St. Louis
(L - R) Jeanine Arrighi, program director, Lead Safe St. Louis Program, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Matthew Ammon, deputy director, office of healthy homes and lead hazard Control, U. S. HUD in Washington, D.C., and Northside home owners Pinkie Lekoa and David Grant hold a Federal check for $7 million. Lekoa and Grant live in a recently eradicated lead home with their three small children in the 4800 Block of Page Blvd.

City Secures $7 Million For Lead Poisoning Efforts
ST. LOUIS, (SLFP.com), October 22, 2008 - City officials announced on Monday that they have secured $7 million in Federal funds to continue its successful effort to reduce lead poisoning in children.

In 2003, Mayor Slay introduced a comprehensive action plan for the eradication of childhood lead poisoning in St. Louis. In 2001, the rate of lead poisoning in children was 16.2%. Today, it is 3.8%, a dramatic 76 reduction. Through the plan, the City's building division and community development administration have remediated more than 5,000 homes to make them lead safe for children.


St. Louis Receives $1.23 Million from EPA
ST. LOUIS, (SLFP.com), October 22, 2008 - The City of St. Louis has more than $1.23 million, representing a series of brownfields funding awards for the assessment and cleanup of hazardous substances and petroleum in the city's older urban core.

The award includes a $400,000 award to the St. Louis Development Corporation for the assessment of hazardous substances and petroleum, a $333,360 award to the St. Louis Land Reutilization Authority for the cleanup of hazardous substances and petroleum, and an additional $500,000 in supplemental Revolving Loan Funds for loans and sub-grants to eligible entities focused on the cleanup of hazardous substances and petroleum.

The St. Louis Land Reutilization Authority will use the cleanup funds to address contamination at the former Curley Collins Recycling site at 121 Dock Street. The property was a manufacturing site for 66 years, and later a recycling site and junkyard. The authority will also address petroleum contamination at Delmar and Whittier, a former gas station and auto repair facility; and at a former gas station located at 2848 North Kingshighway.

The St. Louis Development Corporation will use its assessment funds to conduct 10 Phase I and five Phase II environmental site assessments, and to conduct community outreach activities.


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