Missouri judicial ballot initiative may have missed signature requirement

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May 27, 2010


JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: Less than a month after Missouri Judicial Selection Amendment supporters filed petition signatures to qualify for the 2010 statewide ballot, opponents are reporting that signatures fall short of the state's requirement. On May 2, 2010 supporters said they filed an estimated 250,000 signatures from all nine congressional districts. To qualify for the ballot, each initiative requires signatures from registered voters equal to 8% of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts.[1]

However, according to an analysis by opponents in late May, supporters failed to file sufficient signatures. Supporters argue the analysis was flawed and called the group behind it "self-interested ambulance-chasers." The analysis was conducted by the Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts Action Fund. According to the group they identified that too few signatures were submitted in at least five congressional districts. The group also reports that only a total of about 200,000 signatures were submitted.[2][3]

The Missouri Secretary of State has until August 3 to verify the submitted signatures.[1]

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