Election roundup: ‘Clean Missouri’ approved; bingo amendment a winner

Missouri voters approved Amendment 1, a wide-ranging set of reforms to Jefferson City politics, by a preliminary count of about 62 percent to 38 percent.

The amendment, known as Clean Missouri, will impose a ban on lobbyist gifts with a value of over $5, put limits on campaign contributions to state legislators and make those legislators subject to the Missouri open records law.

The most controversial part of the amendment was its overhaul of the redistricting process for the state legislature. Under the amendment, the 10-member, bipartisan commission that previously drew district maps will be replaced by a “non-partisan state demographer.” The demographer will be chosen by the majority and minority leaders of the Missouri Senate from a list of candidates compiled by the state auditor. The demographer will follow a list of criteria, including that the districts must be equal in population, contiguous and “promote partisan fairness and competitiveness,” and districts must not marginalize minority communities.

Bingo a go

You’ll probably start seeing advertisements for bingo after Missouri voters narrowly approved Amendment 4 by a tally of about 52 percent to 48 percent, with 97 percent of precincts reporting. In addition to removing the state’s prohibition on bingo advertising, the amendment will also lower the required time a person must be a member of a bingo-hosting organization before running the games themselves from two years to six months.

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