Citizen Initiatives Could Crowd 2014 Ballots In Missouri

An election polling place | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
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Nearly 40 initiative petitions covering at least 24 different topics, such as early voting, income taxes and teacher tenure, have been cleared by Missouri’s secretary of state for signature circulations. That’s a huge number for a non-presidential election year. In 2010, the last such non-presidential year, 23 initiatives were approved for circulation.

All the petitioners have until May 4 to collect and turn in the required tens of thousands of signatures from registered voters. But most of this year’s initiatives, like most of their predecessors, won’t go anywhere. In 2010, for example, only three initiative-petition proposals made it onto the ballot.

Those considered most likely to be circulated include proposals to: eliminate teacher tenure; reduce or revamp the state’s income taxes; restore campaign-donation limits in Missouri; and set up a special 1-cent sales tax statewide to fund transportation projects.

Read more from St. Louis Public Radio/St. Louis Beacon

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