FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 07, 2011
Contact: Laura Egerdal, (573) 526-0949
Two Initiative Petitions Relating to Early Voting and Election Procedures Approved for Circulation for 2012 Ballot
Jefferson City, MO – Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that two initiative petitions relating to early voting and election procedures met state standards for circulation.
The ballot titles for both of the petitions read:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to allow early voting prior to federal general elections and include certain procedures relating to voter identification affidavits, voting address updates, and provisional ballots?
It is estimated state government entities would incur unknown potential litigation costs and local governments would incur costs of at least $1,256,256 (one-time costs of $676,800 and on-going costs for each federal election of $579,456). Those costs may fluctuate depending on the compensation, staffing and planning decisions of election authorities.
The petitions, which would amend Article VIII of the Missouri Constitution, were submitted by Mr. Matt Cologna, 2923 S. Chantilly Lane, Springfield, MO 65804.
Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2012 election, 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.
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.
Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the Secretary of State and Attorney General. The Secretary of State then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words and the State Auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the Attorney General. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.
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