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Missouri Secretary of State approves initiative reform petition for circulation

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January 25, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri: A ninth initiative has been added to the growing list of proposals for 2012 in the state of Missouri. On January 24, 2011 the Missouri Secretary of State approved an initiative reform measure for petition circulation.[1]

To qualify for the ballot, the 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. Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2012 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.

If supporters successfully meet the states requirements the measure will ask voters:[2]

Shall Missouri law be amended to modify procedures regarding initiative and referendum petitions including counting signatures that are not in compliance with current state laws, creating additional petition circulation offenses, and establishing court deadlines for certain legal challenges?

State government would incur estimated costs of up to $76,000 and could incur other unknown potential litigation costs. Local election authorities could incur estimated costs exceeding $1 million if ballot reprinting would be necessary.

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