The last time a unification vote occurred in St. Louis was in 1962—before construction on the Arch began. It was in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement and a year before Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. 1962 was same year the John F. Kennedy announced an embargo against Cuba and avoided nuclear war.
If you were 18 in 1962, your are now 72 (the U.S. voting age was lowered to 18 in 1971). You would have been born during WWII in 1944 if you were 18 in 1962. For perspective, 1944 is same year Angela Davis, Tony La Russa, George Lucas, Patti Labelle and Jimmy Page were born. In 1962 Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Matthew Brodkerick, Steve Carrell, Jim Carrey, and Jodi Foster were born.
It's safe to say most St. Louisans have never voted on unification. See the numbers...
- 2016 - 1962 = 54
- 54 + 18 (voting age*) = 72.
- 1,319,295 resident in the City an County of St. Louis as of the 2014 Census projections.
- 13.95% of the residents in City and County are 65 and older as of the 2014 Census projections.
- 16.5% of residents in St. Louis County are 65 and older as of the 2014 Census projections.
- 11.4% of residents in St. Louis City are 65 and older as of the 2014 Census projections.
- 86.05% of resident in the City and County are younger than 65.
- 1,135,253 residents are younger than 65.
- 21.3% are younger than 18 as of 2014 Census projections.
- 78.7% eligible voters younger than 65 as of 2014 Census projections.
- 893,444 eligible voters younger than 65 but older than 18 have never had a say on unification as of 2014.
In conclusion, at the very least, 86% or 1,135,253 residents of St. Louis have never voted on unification.
It is now the turn of several new generations to bring St. Louis together. This time we will build a plan from the ground up. Unification will come directly from the people. Voice your ideal structure today and keep a look out for our upcoming community roundtables.
Oh, and just to really drive it home, the embargo on Cuba and Berlin Wall have both lasted shorter than the City-County divide in St. Louis.