Ballot Roundup: Resounding approval for digital privacy, gun rights

Missouri voters approved three of the five proposed constitutional amendments that appeared on Tuesday’s ballot, passing measures regarding digital privacy and gun rights in resounding fashion.

Amendment 9, which enhances protection of the information on electronic devices, received nearly 75 percent approval. Amendment 5, which strengthens the language regarding gun rights in the state constitution, passed with 61 percent of voters backing it.

Amendment 1, the so-called “Right to Farm” amendment, is the only ballot measure to pass that didn’t do so by a wide margin. The amendment, which adds protections for farmers and ranchers to the state constitution, received approval from 50.1 percent of voters. Because of the slim margin, a recount is allowed under state election statutes.

Missouri voted down Amendment 7, which would have increased the state sales tax by three-quarters of one percent to help fund transportation projects. More than 59 percent of voters rejected the measure. Amendment 8, which would have created a lottery scratch-off ticket to raise funds for veterans, also fell.

Missouri Business Alert followed Amendments 1, 5, 7 and 9 on Tuesday night. Additional coverage of each of those measures can be found through the following links:

In other races drawing high interest from state business interests, Republicans won two of three special elections to restore a veto-proof majority in the House prior to September’s veto session. Shawn Sisco, R-Rolla, won in the 120th District, and Tila Hubrecht, R-Dexter, won the 151st District. Alan Green, D-Florissant, was victorious in the third special election, in the 67th District.

In Kansas City, voters dealt a major blow to plans for expanding the city’s future streetcar line beyond a two-mile stretch of downtown. About 60 percent of voters rejected a taxing district that would have supported the streetcar expansion.

In the race for the top job in St. Louis County government, Councilman Steve Stenger and State Rep. Rick Stream both notched decisive victories, setting the stage for November’s general election.

Read more from the Columbia Missourian, the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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