Get ready to vote

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Are you registered to vote in Missouri? The general election will be Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The deadline to register to vote is October 7, 2020. 

Register in the City of St. Louis
Register in St. Louis County
Missouri voter registration application

Three ways to vote 

1/ In person. If you choose to vote in person at your designated polling place, you will need to bring an ID with you. 

Here are the acceptable forms of NON-PHOTO ID:
— Voter notification card with name and address
— Bank statement or paycheck with name and address
— Utility bill with name and address

Here are the acceptable forms of PHOTO ID:
— Missouri driver’s license
— Missouri non-driver’s license
— Government ID
— U.S. passport
— Missouri college ID
— Out-of-state driver’s license

2/ Absentee ballot. If you fit one or more of the reasons allowed (see below), you may apply to vote via absentee ballot in person or by email, fax or mail.

The deadline to apply for the November 3rd election is 5 p.m., October 21, 2020. The deadline to submit your absentee ballot is close of polls on Election Day.  

Reasons allowed (IMPORTANT: You must get your absentee ballot notarized for any of these reasons. Notarized absentee ballots may be returned in person or by mail.)
— Absence on election day
— Religious belief
— Employment as election authority
— Incarceration
— Address confidentiality program

More reasons allowed (IMPORTANT: You DO NOT have to get your absentee ballot notarized for any of these reasons.) 
— Incapacity or confinement
— (NEW) Contracted COVID-19 or in at-risk category for COVID-19 

City of St. Louis absentee ballot form
St. Louis County absentee ballot form

3/ Mail-in ballot. Any registered Missouri voter can cast a mail-in ballot for any 2020 election. No reason required. You may apply to vote via mail-in ballot in person or by mail.

The deadline to apply for the November 3rd election is 5 p.m., October 21, 2020.

A mail-in ballot will be mailed to you. Your mail-in ballot MUST BE NOTARIZED and MUST BE MAILED. The deadline to submit your mail-in ballot is 7 p.m. on Election Day. 

City of St. Louis mail-in ballot form
St. Louis County mail-in ballot form
Three ways to vote flyer

More helpful links:
State of Missouri 2020 Elections main page
State of Missouri acceptable voter IDs
State of Missouri updates for 2020 in-person, absentee and mail-in voting
State of Missouri 2020 absentee and mail-in voting flyers

We passed Medicaid Expansion in August!

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Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 on August 4, 2020—Expansion of Medicaid Eligibility in Missouri.

St. Patrick Center supports Medicaid Expansion because it will help the people we serve through our mission.
— Medicaid Expansion will ensure that no one has to choose between paying for life-saving care and putting food on the table or making a mortgage or rental payment on a home.
— Medicaid Expansion will ensure that hard-working Missourians who earn less than $18,000 a year will have access to heart medicine, cancer treatment and other medical care.
— Medicaid Expansion will make our families healthier, providing healthcare to more than 200,000 hard-working Missourians—including 50,000 parents and 18,000 near retirees. (It is a MYTH that Missouri has able-bodied adults on Medicaid.)

By expanding Medicaid in Missouri, more than 1.5 billion federal tax dollars will return to Missouri. Missouri has missed out on these funds for years, while 38 other states have not. Bringing our tax dollars home keeps rural hospitals and acute care hospitals open, creates thousands of jobs and ensures all Missourians have access to healthcare, no matter where they live.

Medicaid Expansion is the financially responsible thing to do. It will save Missouri as much as $932 million by 2024 because we’re already paying for it with our tax dollars. For example, when a Missouri family who can’t afford health insurance ends up in the emergency room to treat a life-threatening condition, taxpayers end up paying the bill through state and local taxes and higher insurance premiums.

Here are some important statistics:
— More than 768,000 or 13% of Missourians live in poverty; 18% of Missouri children (national poverty rate is 13%)
— For poverty and inequality, Missouri ranks #40
— For health, Missouri ranks #39
— Missouri funds healthcare at $6 per person (national average is $35)
— For prevalence of mental health, Missouri ranks #17
— For access to mental health care, Missouri ranks #40
— 23% of Missourians with a mental illness have no access to healthcare
— Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Missouri (more than five times alcohol-related car accidents)

And here are some resulting consequences:
— Belated diagnosis and treatment (8-10 years belated)
— Homelessness (as many as a quarter of the homeless population suffer from severe mental illness)
— Increased incarceration (more than half of all Americans incarcerated have mental illness)
— Substance abuse (27% of people with mental illness use illicit drugs vs. 13% of general population)
— Failure to complete high school (37% of students with mental health condition drop out)

Sources:
Catholic Charities of St. Louis
Missouri Community Action Network
Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality
United Health Foundation
Mental Health America
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Missouri Foundation for Health