Know before you go: voting in the midterms

On Tuesday, Nov. 6 the midterm elections will be held. File photo by


With the midterm elections rapidly approaching, election officials recommend studying up on the positions and issues being voted on this coming Tuesday before you go. In an interview with Lindenlink reporter Kayla Drake, elections director Rich Chrismer said that this is the largest ballot he has seen in his 16 years as the elections director. He said he recommends people look the issues up online before coming because a fresh pair of eyes can take about 35 minutes to vote.

These resources help break down voting in Missouri, polling place information and what to expect in this upcoming election.


Ballotpedia offers both sample ballots and election results the night of Nov. 6. 

Ballotpedia is a “digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections,” and their goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government.

To preview your ballot or any ballot, enter an address and provide an email. 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Voters Guide

The Post-Dispatch voters guide includes resources to view sample ballots and allows you to enter an address to see what issues will be on your ballot. 

It leads you through every position being voted for, starting with the U.S. senator position, and shows every candidate running. Each candidate has a profile with biographical information and there is an option to “compare” candidates and the important issues they are running for or against. 

League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis

According to their website, “the League of Women Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. LWV influences public policy through education and advocacy.”

Additionally, the LWV, although nonpartisan, studies the issues then uses their position to advocate for or against specific policies in the public interest. 

St. Louis Public Radio Voter’s Guide

The STLPR’s voter’s guide covers some of the most important issues coming up on Tuesday’s election, including medical marijuana, the U.S. Senate and both Illinois and Missouri’s congressional race. It also includes voter resources like registration check and polling places.