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Revision as of 09:03, 23 April 2010

Missouri signature requirements for ballot initiatives are among the more complicated in the country.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.[1]
  • For a veto referendum, the requirement is the same as for an initiated statute.

2010 requirements

Congressional district 2008 gubernatorial vote Rank (among districts) Statute Amendment
1st 301,597 8 15,080 24,128
2nd 382,957 1 19,148 30,637
3rd 312,172 5 15,609 24,974
4th 306,260 7 15,313 24,501
5th 311,686 6 15,585 24,935
6th 330,826 2 16,542 26,467
7th 325,991 4 16,300 26,080
8th 278,604 9 13,931 22,289
9th 328,315 3 16,416 26,266

2008 requirements

Congressional district 2004 gubernatorial vote Rank (among districts) Statute Amendment
1st
289,772
6
14,489
23,182
2nd
359,833
1
17,992
28,787
3rd
297,193
4
14,860
23,775
4th
285,362
7
14,268
22,829
5th
294,086
5
14,704
23,527
6th
322,185
2
16,109
25,775
7th
318,120
3
15,906
25,450
8th
269,539
9
13,477
21,563
9th
284,049
8
14,202
22,724

Other requirements

Missouri has a number of restrictions on the signature-collection process.

  • Circulators must be at least 18.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • All petition pages must be submitted at one time to the Missouri Secretary of State.
  • 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.
  • Signature pages must be in order and numbered sequentially. If they are not, the signatures are discarded.
  • 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.
  • 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…”
  • 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.
  • "File folders should be placed in cardboard file boxes clearly labeled with the contents."
  • 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."

See also

External links

References

  1. Making Your Voice Heard