Missouri signature requirements

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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 are chosen for qualification purposes.

The number of signatures required for an initiated statute is 5% of the total vote cast for governor in the state's most recent gubernatorial election (2004) in 6 out of 9 congressional districts. The number of signatures required for a constitutional amendment is 8% of the total vote cast for governor in the state's most recent gubernatorial election (2004) in 6 out of 9 congressional districts.[1]

5% of the total votes cast for governor is also required for referendum in Missouri.

2010 requirements

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

2008 requirements

Congressional district 2004 gubernatorial vote Rank 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

Calculating number of signatures required

To qualify an initiated state statute for the ballot, the sponsors need signatures equal to the number of votes cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election in 6 of the 9 Missouri congressional districts. An initiative sponsor who picked the sixth districts with the lowest votes would need 86,000 signatures. An initiative sponsor who picked the sixth districts with the highest votes would need 94,060 signatures. So, the range, depending on which districts are chosen, is somewhere between 86,000 and 94,060 signatures.

To qualify an initiated constitutional amendment for the ballot, the sponsors need signatures equal to the number of votes cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election in 6 of the 9 Missouri congressional districts. An initiative sponsor who picked the sixth districts with the lowest votes would need 137,600 signatures. An initiative sponsor who picked the sixth districts with the highest votes would need 150,496 signatures. So, the range, depending on which districts are chosen, is somewhere between 137,600 and 150,496 signatures.

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References

  1. Making Your Voice Heard