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{{tnr}}'''Missouri signature requirements''' for [[ballot initiative]]s are among the more complicated in the country.
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==Ballot measures==
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In many states, the [[Signature requirements|signatures of registered voters]] must be collected to place '''candidates or initiatives on the ballot.''' However, for candidates, filing fees are sometimes required or accepted in lieu of signatures. The requirements and laws governing signatures is complicated and varied from state-to-state. We have created two distinct pages detailing signature requirements in all 50 states, based on whether the signature are for [[Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Missouri|candidates]] or [[Signature requirements for ballot measures in Missouri|ballot measures]].
  
The number of signatures required in [[Missouri]] for either an [[initiated constitutional amendment]] or an [[initiated state statute]] depends on which six of Missouri's nine (9) federal congressional districts the sponsors of an initiative choose to collect signatures in for qualification purposes.
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''Note: For detailed information on '''signature requirements''' for [[Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Missouri|candidates]] and [[Signature requirements for ballot measures in Missouri|ballot measures]], click on the links below.''
  
* For an initiated statute, the number of signatures required is 5% of the total vote cast for governor in the state's most recent gubernatorial election in 6 out of 9 congressional districts. 
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*[[Signature requirements for ballot measures in Missouri]]
 
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*[[Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Missouri]]
* For an initiated amendment, the number of signatures required is 8% of the total vote cast for governor in the state's most recent gubernatorial election in 6 out of 9 congressional districts.<ref>[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/pubs/makeyourvoiceheard/MakingYourVoiceHeard.pdf ''Making Your Voice Heard'']</ref>
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* For a [[veto referendum]], the requirement is the same as for an initiated statute.
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* Thus, the total number of signatures may be less than 5% or 8% of the ''total'' votes cast for governor. Until the next gubernatorial election in 2012, the minimum number of signatures required (counting the six lowest voting districts) is 146,907 for amendments and 91,818 for statutes.<ref>[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/pubs/makeyourvoiceheard/MakingYourVoiceHeard.pdf MO Secretary of State, "Making Your Voice Heard"]</ref>
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===2012 requirements===
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[[File:Petitions-Accepted-at-MO-SOS.JPG|thumb|300px|Boxes of petitions filed at [[Missouri Secretary of State]]'s office on [[Four initiatives aim for the Missouri ballot|May 2, 2010]] Photo credit:Earl Glynn]]
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:: ''See also: [[Distribution requirement]]''
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===2010 requirements===
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[[File:Petitions-Accepted-at-MO-SOS.JPG|thumb|300px|Boxes of petitions filed at [[Missouri Secretary of State]]'s office on [[Four initiatives aim for the Missouri ballot|May 2, 2010]] Photo credit:Earl Glynn]]
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:: ''See also: [[Distribution requirement]]''
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Congressional district
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | 2008 gubernatorial vote
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Rank (among districts)
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Statute
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Amendment
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|-
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| text align="center"| 1st
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| text align="center"| 301,597
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| text align="center"| 8
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| text align="center"| 15,080
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| text align="center"| 24,128
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|-
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| text align="center"| 2nd
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| text align="center"| 382,957
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| text align="center"| 1
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| text align="center"| 19,148
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| text align="center"| 30,637
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|-
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| text align="center"| 3rd
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| text align="center"| 312,172
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| text align="center"| 5
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| text align="center"| 15,609
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| text align="center"| 24,974
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|-
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| text align="center"| 4th
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| text align="center"| 306,260
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| text align="center"| 7
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| text align="center"| 15,313
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| text align="center"| 24,501
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| text align="center"| 5th
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| text align="center"| 311,686
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| text align="center"| 6
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| text align="center"| 15,585
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| text align="center"| 24,935
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| text align="center"| 6th
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| text align="center"| 330,826
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| text align="center"| 2
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| text align="center"| 16,542
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| text align="center"| 26,467
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| text align="center"| 7th
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| text align="center"| 325,991
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| text align="center"| 4
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| text align="center"| 16,300
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| text align="center"| 26,080
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| text align="center"| 8th
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| text align="center"| 278,604
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| text align="center"| 9
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| text align="center"| 13,931
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| text align="center"| 22,289
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| text align="center"| 9th
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| text align="center"| 328,315
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| text align="center"| 3
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| text align="center"| 16,416
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| text align="center"| 26,266
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|}
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===2008 requirements===
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{|class="wikitable" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1" background-color:white"
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Congressional district
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | 2004 gubernatorial vote
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Rank (among districts)
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Statute
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Amendment
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| text align="center"| 1st || <center>289,772</center> || <center>6</center> || <center>14,489</center> || <center>23,182</center>
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| text align="center"| 2nd || <center>359,833</center> || <center>1</center> || <center>17,992</center> || <center>28,787</center>
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| text align="center"| 3rd || <center>297,193</center> || <center>4</center> || <center>14,860</center> || <center>23,775</center>
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| text align="center"| 4th || <center>285,362</center> || <center>7</center> || <center>14,268</center> || <center>22,829</center>
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| text align="center"| 5th || <center>294,086</center> || <center>5</center> || <center>14,704</center> || <center>23,527</center>
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| text align="center"| 6th || <center>322,185</center> || <center>2</center> || <center>16,109</center> || <center>25,775</center>
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| text align="center"| 7th || <center>318,120</center> || <center>3</center> || <center>15,906</center> || <center>25,450</center>
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| text align="center"| 8th || <center>269,539</center> || <center>9</center> || <center>13,477</center> || <center>21,563</center>
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| text align="center"| 9th || <center>284,049</center> ||<center>8</center> || <center>14,202</center> || <center>22,724</center>
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==Deadlines==
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==Elections in Missouri by year==
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===2014===
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{{mo on the ballot 2014}}
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
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{{mo on the ballot 2012}}
The deadline to submit signatures for the [[Missouri 2012 ballot measures|2012 ballot]] in [[Missouri]] is May 6, 2012<ref>[Confirmed with MO Secretary of State via telephone on 1-26-2011]</ref>.
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==Other requirements==
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Missouri has a number of restrictions on the signature-collection process.
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* Circulators must be at least 18.
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* Circulators are required to register with the government, and signatures collected by a circulator who has not done so on or before the petition filing deadline do not count as valid signatures (regardless of [[signer intent]]).
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* Each page of an initiative or referendum petition can contain signatures of voters from only one county. Each petition sheet is to contain a county designation in its upper right-hand corner.  Signatures of voters from counties other than the designated county do not count as valid.
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* All petition pages must be submitted at one time to the [[Missouri Secretary of State]].
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* When signatures are filed, the initiative sponsor is required to submit paperwork to the government that shows the number of petition pages per county and circulator reports.
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* Signature pages must be in order and numbered sequentially.  If they are not, the signatures are discarded.
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* The page number and county in which the petition signers on a given page are registered to vote must be designated in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
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* The county in which the petition signers are registered to vote must be designated in the paragraph at the top of the petition page which begins with “We, the undersigned…”
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* When petition signatures are filed, petition pages are to be arranged in file folders limited to 100 pages per folder. Folders are be labeled with the contents.
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* "File folders should be placed in cardboard file boxes clearly labeled with the contents."
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* For 2010, "A completed 'Circulator Registration Form' must be filed for each circulator of each petition on or before 5:00 pm on May 2, 2010."
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
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*[[Missouri elections, 2014]]
* [[Procedures for qualifying an initiative in Missouri]]
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*[[Missouri elections, 2012]]
* [[Laws governing the initiative process in Missouri]]
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{{election info}}
* [[Missouri Initiative and Referendum Law]]
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* [[History of Initiative & Referendum in Missouri]]
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* [[Petition drive deadlines in 2008]]
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* [[States where signature requirements are based on votes cast for governor]]
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==External links==
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* [http://www.citizensincharge.org/states/missouri Missouri signature requirements] collated by the [[Citizens in Charge Foundation]]
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*[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/s_default.asp?id=petitions General Missouri I&R information]
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*[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/previousElections.asp Missouri election results]
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==References==
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<references/>
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{{Signature requirements}}
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{{Missouri}}
 
{{Missouri}}
  
[[Category:Ballot measure law, Missouri]]
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[[Category:Elections signature requirements]]
[[Category:Signature requirements]]
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In many states, the signatures of registered voters must be collected to place candidates or initiatives on the ballot. However, for candidates, filing fees are sometimes required or accepted in lieu of signatures. The requirements and laws governing signatures is complicated and varied from state-to-state. We have created two distinct pages detailing signature requirements in all 50 states, based on whether the signature are for candidates or ballot measures.

Note: For detailed information on signature requirements for candidates and ballot measures, click on the links below.

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