Saint Louis City 2016 General Election Results by Ward

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As we gear up for the city’s next primary for mayor and aldermen, here’s a look at how city voters performed in the November 2016 general election. While local offices are unfortunately largely determined by the result of the Democratic primary, thus resulting is abysmally low turnout, a broader look at the city’s electorate can be informative.

Maps were produced by Paul Fehler, 8th Ward Democratic Committeeman. Below the general election maps are the nextSTL maps detailing results from the previous Democratic mayoral primary with results for Mayor Francis Slay and President of the Board of Aldermen, Lewis Reed.




Understanding St. Louis: Democratic Mayoral Primary Results – 2013

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  • CWE1959

    A divided people, city, and country. . . since this countries inception. The outcomes are highly predictable along racial lines and “we” wonder why “we” aren’t all benefitting. The mentality of the people manifest in their behaviors and decisions (i.e. hiring, place to live, etc.). Amazing how centuries of global Eurocentric racism and systematic attempts to destroy the contributions of people of color throughout the world still informs the world we live in today. I’m growing less optimistic about a harmonious future when many Caucasian citizens are growing uneasy as they are being confronted by a world in which they may no longer receive an education, community, career, and life rooted in privilege afforded on the backs of others. No longer is “equality” enough. Equity is the only answer for the oppressed and oppressor. This City is divided because no one wants to change the inequity in our system. The coming elections are likely to prove that the maps are but a visual representation of our divided citizenry and the likely resultant ones (i.e. Mayor, Alderman, etc.) promoted to carry out business as usual. What is going to change my dear City of Dred Scott?

    • SlowChange

      It may take another two generations before things change. St. Louis is stuck in the 1950s.

    • HawkSTL

      When only 47% of U.S. citizens are paying federal income taxes, I agree — there is no equity by definition.

      • Brian

        Given that 40% of the US population is either younger than 19 or older than 65, it is not too surprising that 47% are paying no federal income taxes.

      • Roger Mexico

        The figure is something like 47% of households don’t pay income tax. However a large fraction of the non-payers are retired. Also many of the non- income tax payers do pay payroll/ property/ sales tax, etc. Since the payroll tax often brings in almost as much as income taxes, you can’t just shrug it off and pretend that income tax is the only tax that matters.

        • HawkSTL

          Federal income taxes pay for the ACA subsidies and pre-retirement health programs (29% of the budget), military/defense (24% of the budget), interest on gov’t debt (14% of budget even with historically low interest rates, transportation (3% of budget) and so on (like federal employee salaries). When half of US households are not contributing to and paying for those basic gov’t tasks, we do not have anywhere close to equitable responsibility. If you think that is equitable, I’m curious what % not paying income tax would not be. 60%, 70%, 80% not paying taxes? Point being, all of these (even 53%) are ridiculous percentages. All households need to contribute for there to be a truly equitable tax code.

          • Roger Mexico

            There is no “social security lockbox”. Payroll/income/corporate taxes are all revenue and that revenue is used collectively to pay for the above items as well as for social security/medicare. When payroll taxes exceed SS/medicare outlays (as they have for the past decades) that money pays other expenses and is replaced by IOUs. AS baby boomers retire those IOUs will have to be repaid.
            I just don’t see the point in thinking about income taxes as a separate category… one should look at the total taxes paid (payroll + income +sales+property) to see if those are distributed equitably… i.e the total fraction of income paid as taxes. Looking only at income tax skews your perspective in an unfair manner. Looking at total taxes still shows a somewhat progressive tax structure, but it’s not as unequal as you might think.