Recount requested in farming ballot initiative

Dairy cows graze in a field. | Photo courtesy of the Dairy Farmers of America
Amendment 1 passed by less than 1 percent on Aug. 5. | Courtesy of the Dairy Farmers of America

Opponents are seeking a recount of the statewide vote for Missouri’s “Right to Farm” constitutional amendment, which narrowly passed in the Aug. 5 election. The Missouri secretary of state’s office has confirmed that two recount requests have been filed regarding Amendment 1. One is from former state Sen. Wes Shoemyer, D-Clarence, on behalf of Missouri’s Food for America, one of the groups that had campaigned against the amendment.

The “Right to Farm” proposal’s winning margin ended up being only 2,490 votes out of almost 1 million votes cast — narrow enough to allow a recount.

Backers say the amendment is necessary to protect farmers from unnecessary government regulations and mandates. Opponents said it would primarily protect large corporate farms out to curb local-government efforts to regulate water and air pollution.

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