Carnahan to announce which initiative petitions will make Nov. 6 ballot
Today’s Missouri primaries aren’t the state’s only hot news. Before 5 p.m., Secretary of State Robin Carnahan will announce which initiative petitions gathered enough certified signatures to make it to the Nov. 6 ballot.
Behind-the-scenes reports have it that several proposals may not have made it, at least not initially, because of low signature-certification percentages in St. Louis and St. Louis County.
At issue are the fate of four proposals that seek to:
- Increase Missouri’s tobacco tax, now the nation’s lowest.
- Increase Missouri’s minimum wage.
- Restrict the interest rates allowed for payday loans.
- Grant St. Louis local control over its police department.
Sources predict that advocates of any of the four rejected for the ballot may swiftly seek re-examination of the signatures on the petitions, and their comparison to voter rolls, in St. Louis and St. Louis County. The rejection rate in the city is rumored to be more than 50 percent on some of the ballot proposals.
Aside from the issues at hand, all four of the measures also are seen as potential magnets for voters – especially Democrats.
Carnahan's office also is enmeshed in a court battle over the ballot summaries for two issues proposals placed on the ballot by the General Assembly.