In recognition of the "tireless work and dedication" of the Commissioners, management and staff of the Board of Election Commissioners in restoring public confidence, transparency and honesty to the conduct of elections in the City of St. Louis, Mayor Francis G. Slay today proclaimed November 6, 2007, as "Board of Election Commissioners Day" in the City of St. Louis. The Proclamation acknowledged that the Election Board has "systematically implemented policies and procedures to ensure the responsible execution of the requirements established by the Help America Vote Act and applicable state statutes." It also praised the Board for its public outreach efforts, having an approachable staff, the transparency of its record keeping, and the timely and error free tabulation and dissemination of election results, all of which are "fundamental elements of an efficient and effective Election Board and the cornerstone of the democratic process."
This Mayoral Proclamation comes on the heels of a similar Resolution passed by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen and presented to the Election Board on Friday, October 19, by 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd. In making the presentation to the Election Board, Alderman Boyd contrasted his frustration with past Election Boards in having to wait until 1:00 A.M. to find out the results of his first race for Alderman in 2003 with the unprecedented release of the results of the Municipal Election this past spring by 8:00 in the evening. Alderman Boyd also moved that the Board of Aldermen unanimously reaffirm the Resolution by acclamation. The motion was seconded, approved and reinforced by a standing ovation.