Missouri 2010 ballot measures
Six ballot measures were on the 2010 statewide ballot in Missouri.
- Two certified measures were legislatively-referred constitutional amendments, one was a legislatively-referred state statute, two were initiated state statutes and one was an initiated constitutional amendment.
- One measure appeared on the August 3, 2010 ballot, where it was approved.
- Five measures appeared on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot.
- All five November 2 measures were approved.
Four initiatives submitted signatures as of May 2, 2010, the petition drive deadline. Two of those four measures were certified for the November 2 ballot. A third measure, known as the "real estate taxation amendment," was referred to the ballot following a Cole County Circuit Court ruling on August 31.
A total of twenty-three ballot initiatives were approved for circulation by the Missouri Secretary of State for the ballot. According to the Secretary of State's office about 100 petitions were filed.
At least nine legislative referrals were proposed for the 2010 ballot, however, as of the end of the legislative session on May 17, 2010 only three were certified for the 2010 ballot.
Months following the 2010 vote, on April 27, 2011 Gov. Jay Nixon signed a revision of Proposition B after a proposed compromise was approved by the Missouri General Assembly. Read more about the changes here.
On the ballot
|LRSS||Proposition C||Healthcare||Blocks a government mandate to buy health insurance|
|Amendment 1||Elections||Requires the assessors in charter counties (except Jackson County) to be elected|
|Amendment 2||Taxes||Exempts disabled former prisoners of war from property tax|
|Amendment 3||Taxes||Prohibits taxes for the sale/transfer of homes or any other real estate|
|CISS||Proposition A||Taxes||Requires voters to approve earnings tax|
|CISS||Proposition B||Animals||Adopts new rules for dog-breeders in the state|
Not on the ballot
|Judicial Selection||Judicial reform||Allow the governor to select judges for the Missouri Supreme Court|
|Life Sciences Trust||Stem cells||First $200 million in life sciences trust fund pay for primary health care for low-income residents|
|Stem Cells||Stem cells||Prohibit government funds for abortion and stem cell research|
|Early voting Initiative (2)||Elections||Early voting without an absentee ballot|
|State Healthcare Initiative (2)||Healthcare||Prohibit state regulated health carriers offering health services from providing monetary advantages, etc.|
|Eminent Domain (4)||Eminent domain||Four different measures to reform eminent domain practices|
|Term Limits||Term limits||Impose term limits on offices of lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and state auditor|
|Donations Income Tax Credit Initiative||Taxes||Provide a 50% tax credit for donations made to incorporated and operated charitable and educational organizations|
|Save Our Secret Ballot||Labor||Protects the right to secret ballots in federal, state, and union representation elections|
|Tax Increase Voter Approval||Taxes||Require voter approval to increase state income taxes|
|CISS||Municipal Police Force Retirement (3)||Law enforcement||Allow for local ordinances to establish local control of police retirement benefits|
|Personhood Amendment||Abortion||Recognizes the personhood of the unborn from the earliest stages of life|
|Ban Affirmative Action||Affirmative action||Prohibits government from race- and gender-based admissions and hiring|
|Initiative Petition Amendment||Election reform||Requires at least 1,000 registered voters to support a ballot initiative|
|Religious Liberty Amendment||Religion||Further defines religious rights|
|Fair Tax Measure||Taxes||Would eliminate income tax and replace it with a fair sales tax of 5.11% on retail sales and taxable services|
|Initiative Signature Requirement Amendment||Election reform||Increases the required number of signatures for proposed constitutional amendments to appear on the ballot|
|State Sovereignty Amendment||Admin of gov't||Asserts the state's sovereignty and rejects various federal policies|
|Voter Identification Amendment||Elections||Would require voters to present government-issued photo identification before casting a ballot|
|State Board of Education Amendment||Education||Merges the state's two oversight boards for education|
Local ballot measures
Missouri Ballot Initiatives Overview 2010, 5/2/10
- See also: Local ballot measure elections in 2010
- Main article: Missouri signature requirements
To qualify for the ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment in Missouri, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight (8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts. For an initiated state statute and a veto referendum the number of signatures required is 5% of the total vote.
- Missouri measures successfully approved, one remains pending
- Missouri newspapers split on 2010 measures
- Missouri election officials certify 2 of 4 initiative petitions for November ballot
- Four initiatives aim for the Missouri ballot
- More than half of approved initiatives for circulation are tied up in Missouri courts
- Missouri 2010 ballot issues
- 2010 petitions approved for circulation
- Missouri’s Initiative Petition Process and the Fair Ballot Access Act
- KWMU,"Two of three constitutional amendments on ballot affect taxes," October 22, 2010
- The Kansas City Star,"Big money commands attention and protest in Missouri," July 4, 2010
- Missourinet,"From 100 to 23 to 4; initiative petitions are one step from Nov. ballot," May 18, 2010
- Missourian,"COLUMN: Public vigilance needed for working initiatives," May 13, 2010
- Webster-Kirkwood Times,"Initiative petitions aplenty," January 30, 2009
- News Tribune,"Judge orders statewide tax vote," September 1, 2010
- On May 2, 2010 a total of 23 filed initiatives "approved for circulation" were listed on the secretary of state's website; a lower number than previously reported. There was no indication on the state website why the number has decreased; whether it be because initiatives were withdrawn, expired or were duplicates.
- On February 1, 2010 a total of 31 filed initiatives were listed on the Missouri Secretary of State's website. After contacting the secretary of state's office on February 23, 2010 by email it was verified that the state does not list every "initially proposed petition." The list of initiatives provided by the state includes only "2010 Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation in Missouri. On May 2, 2010 the Missouri Secretary of State's office confirmed that about 100 initiatives were filed. But these initiative are not listed anywhere that could be viewed online. As a result, we and the general public have no access to them.
- Legislative review only done in states where the indirect initiative process is implemented.
State of Missouri
Jefferson City (capital)
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Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | State Auditor | Commissioner of Education | Director of Insurance | Director of Agriculture | Director of Natural Resources | Director of Labor & Industrial Relations | Chairman of Public Service Commission |