Election 2016: Voters approve campaign finance, voter ID measures

Missouri voters approved four constitutional amendments Tuesday, addressing a range of issues with those votes. The approved amendments will create more stringent voter ID requirements; establish campaign contribution limits; prohibit sales taxes on certain services; and extend a tax to fund conservation efforts. 

Voters rejected two other issues on Tuesday’s ballot that would have instituted higher taxes on tobacco products.

Below is a closer look at the four amendments approved by voters:

Amendment 1 – Conservation sales tax extension

More than 80 percent of voters approved the amendment, which extends for 10 years an existing sales tax of 0.1 cents that funds water and soil conservation efforts and state parks and historic sites.

The measure is projected to generate about $90 million annually for soil and water conservation and operation of the state park system, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Amendment 2 – Campaign contribution limits

Just shy of 70 percent of voters supported Amendment 2, which establishes limits and regulations on campaign contributions to political parties, committees and candidates for state and judicial offices. Amendment 2 would limit contributions to individuals to $2,600 and contributions to political parties to $25,000.

The amendment passes following a political season that saw Missouri candidates raise and spend amounts that were among the highest in the U.S.

Backers of the amendment included Gov. Jay Nixon, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster and the League of Women Voters of Missouri, KCUR reports.

Amendment 4 – Service tax prohibition

About 57 percent of ballots cast Tuesday approved Amendment 4, which prohibits new sales/use taxes on any service or transaction that was not subject to a similar tax as of Jan. 1, 2015.

Missourians for Fair Taxation was a leading supporter of Amendment 4, along with the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City; the Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis; and the Independent Bankers Association.

Amendment 6 – Voter ID law

The amendment passed with about 63 percent approval. The contentious measure will amend the constitution to state “that voters may be required by law, which may be subject to exception, to verify one’s identity, citizenship, and residence by presenting identification that may include valid government-issued photo identification.”

Two other measures on Missouri’s ballot, Proposition A and Amendment 3, would have instituted higher taxes on tobacco products to help fund transportation infrastructure and early childhood health and education, respectively.

Both were backed by the tobacco industry, raising concerns from opponents, and both were rejected by voters.


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