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St. Louis voters approve nonpartisan elections

November 4, 2020 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Starting with the primary election in March, St. Louis voters will pick their mayor and other elected officials on a nonpartisan basis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that city voters on Tuesday approved a measure requiring nonpartisan elections for mayor, comptroller, aldermanic president and alderman. The measure passed with nearly 70% approval.

Under the new system, the top two vote-getters in the March primary will face each other in the general election in April. The measure also allows residents to vote for as many primary candidates as they want.

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Supporters said the new system ensures that the ultimate winners have a broad base of support.

St. Louis is overwhelmingly Democratic so up until now, the winner of the March primary has almost always won the general election a month later.