October 16, 2012
Hats off to Nick La Strada, Pettis County clerk (and person in charge of voting) for his excellent presentation about voting registration requirements and current issues for the upcoming November election at the recent meeting of Diversified Community Outreach at the True Vine Church of God in Christ.
Though the attendance was light, and Nick is a family man, he devoted an evening to explain voting procedures. In addition, assurances were given by him that polling places were to be courteous and friendly with all persons treated with respect and dignity and “no grumpy judges” taking into consideration the horrendous experiences of blacks in the history of voting rights.
Concern was also expressed in regard to the confusing language of Proposition E, State-Based Health Care Exchanges. According to a recent handout from the League of Women Voters, of which I am a member, a “no” vote would require Missouri to comply with the June Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Health Care Act, and a “yes” vote would seem to mean that Missouri would lose targeted federal funds to help states set up and maintain health care exchanges.
A serious examination of this issue is urged due to the lack of clarity in the ballot issue.