Alternative Election Systems
April 2022 - St. Louis City Prop R Support
The League supported Prop D for Democracy in 2021 and Prop R in 2022. Voters approved both reform measures. The summary of Prop R says:
Shall Article IV of the City of St. Louis Charter be amended to:
● Prohibit Alderpersons from taking actions on policies where they have a personal or financial conflict of interest;
● Require that Alderpersons’ financial disclosure statements be open to the public;
● Have ward boundary maps drawn by an independent citizen commission, which shall have a diverse group of members, hold public hearings, and draw maps.
● Prohibit lobbyists, Alderpersons, and others with conflicts of interest from serving on the independent citizen commission; and
● Prohibit the Board of Alderpersons from changing voting methods for municipal offices without a public vote?
- Prohibits alderpersons from voting on matters where they have a personal or financial conflict of interest related to the legislation being considered.
- Ensures the public knows if an alderperson has a conflict of interest by requiring disclosure statements to be posted on the city website.
- Requires alderpersons to wait at least one year after leaving office before becoming lobbyists influencing city policy.
- Gives the power to draw future ward boundary maps to an independent citizen commission composed of diverse, qualified city voters that must hold public hearings. Prohibit lobbyists, aldermen, and others with conflicts of interest from serving on the commission.
- Requires a public vote on any changes to voting methods for municipal offices (mayor, comptroller, president of the Board of Aldermen, and alderpersons.
- Removes gendered language in the law by having all members legally called “alderpersons.”