FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 24, 2011
Contact: Laura Egerdal, (573) 526-0949
Initiative Petition Relating to Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation for 2012 Ballot
Jefferson City, MO - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that an initiative petition relating to initiative petitions met state standards for circulation.
The ballot title for the petition reads:
Shall Missouri law be amended to modify procedures regarding initiative and referendum petitions including counting signatures that are not in compliance with current state laws, creating additional petition circulation offenses, and establishing court deadlines for certain legal challenges?
State government would incur estimated costs of up to $76,000 and could incur other unknown potential litigation costs. Local election authorities could incur estimated costs exceeding $1 million if ballot reprinting would be necessary.
The petition, which would amend Chapter 116 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, was submitted by Mr. Ron Calzone, The Committee to Protect Petition Rights, 33867 Highway E, Dixon, MO 65459, 573-759-3585.
Before any statutory changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2012 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to five (5) 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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