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see also: Advocacy/United States/Central, Missouri#Advocacy, [1]
Heading from the sample ballot for Heading from sample ballot for the March 2021 primary election in St. Louis, Missouri[2][3]

STL Approves[1] is an advocacy organization which promoted the use of approval voting for primary elections in St. Louis, Missouri. They facilitated a successful ballot initiative which passed with 68% of the vote in November 2020.[4]

The primary rules are defined in a short paragraph on the 2020 ballot petition:[2]
Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, in the primary election for the [offices in question], voters shall select as many candidates as they approve of for each office. The two candidates receiving the most votes for each office shall advance to the general election. The candidate for each office receiving the most votes in the general election shall be declared the winner.
Because of the success of this initiative, St. Louis voters used approval voting for their March 2021 primary election.[2][3]

2021 St. Louis mayoral election[edit | edit source]

March 2, 2021

Primary Election Results[5]

Tishaura Jones

Votes of approval: 25,388

Approval percentage: 56.96%

Cara Spencer

Votes of approval: 20,659

Approval percentage: 46.4%

Lewis E. Reed

Votes of approval: 17,186

Approval percentage: 38.56%

Andrew Jones

Votes of approval: 6,428
Approval percentage: 14.4%

Total

Cards cast: 44,571

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Tishaura Jones Cara Spencer Lewis E. Reed crop.jpg
Andrew Jones 2021 logo.png
Party preference:
Democratic Party
Wikipedia:
Tishaura Jones
Party preference:
Democratic Party
Wikidata:
wikidata:Q99674856
Party preference:
Democratic Party
Wikipedia:
Lewis E. Reed
Party preference:
Republican Party
April 6, 2021

General Election Results[6]

(top two candidates from primary election)

Tishaura Jones

Choose-one votes: 30,166

Percentage of cards cast: 51.38%

Cara Spencer

Choose-one votes: 27,865

Percentage of cards cast: 47.46%

Write-in candidates

Choose-one votes: 319

Percentage of cards cast: 0.54%

Total

Cards cast:58,707

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Tishaura Jones

Party preference:
Democratic Party
Wikipedia:
Tishaura Jones


Cara Spencer

Party preference:
Democratic Party
Wikidata:
wikidata:Q99674856

St. Louis held its first-ever approval voting primary on March 2, 2021. Though the new approval-based primary was a non-partisan election, candidates were allowed to state their party preference on the ballot. The top three candidates (Tishaura Jones, Cara Spencer, and Lewis Reed) declared their party preference "Democratic Party" and Andrew Jones declared his party preference "Republican Party". Lewis E. Ree and Andrew Jones (a Republican Party candidate). Because they received the largest number of votes of approval, Tishuara Jones and Cara Spencer advanced to the general election. Lewis Reed and Andrew Jones (as well as all other candidates) were eliminated from consideration for the general election.

Jones went on to defeat Spencer in the general election in April 2021 by nearly four percentage points (51.38% to 47.46%). Since the elections in 2021, Reed has supported an effort to repeal approval voting for the primary.[7]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. a b STL Approves main website
  2. a b c https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/board-election-commissioners/documents/upload/Mar2021AllRacesBallot2.pdf
  3. a b https://www.reddit.com/r/EndFPTP/comments/lfn1sh/sample_approval_voting_ballot_for_the_march_2nd/
  4. Schlinkmann, Mark. "Overhaul of St. Louis election system passes, residency rule repeal fails". STLtoday.com. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  5. "FINAL OFFICIAL RESULTS - BY APPROVAL PERCENTAGE" (PDF). stlouis-mo.gov. Board of Election Commissioners for the City of St. Louis. Retrieved May 4, 2022.
  6. "Summary For CITYWIDE, All Counters, All Races FINAL OFFICIAL RESULTS" (PDF). St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. Retrieved 23 July 2021. Note: Using the "cards counted" number for percentages in table rather than the Board of Election Commissioners reported percentages.
  7. Schlinkmann, Mark. "Effort underway to repeal 'approval voting' in St. Louis, replace it with new system". STLtoday.com. Retrieved 2022-02-26.