Secretary of State’s Office Announces Signatures Turned in for Five Petitions by Deadline

Secretary of State’s Office Announces Signatures Turned in for Five Petitions by Deadline

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Secretary of State’s office announced today that signatures were turned in for five petitions by the 5 PM deadline on Sunday, May 4, 2008.

These petitions will now be organized and reviewed by the Secretary of State’s office and then sent on to the 116 local election authorities in counties and cities across the state for them to verify signatures against their voter registration records. Local election authorities will have until 5 PM on July 29, 2008, to check the signatures for authenticity.

Petitions that meet the legal criteria will be certified for the ballot by 5 PM on August 5, 2008.

For a petition seeking to change Missouri statute, valid signatures from registered voters equal to five (5) percent of the total votes cast in the 2004 governor’s election from six of the state’s nine congressional districts must be submitted. Depending on the combination of districts, the number of signatures required ranges between approximately 86,000 and 95,000 valid signatures.

For a petition seeking to change the Missouri Constitution, valid signatures from registered voters equal to eight (8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2004 governor’s election from six of the state’s nine congressional districts must be submitted. Depending on the combination of districts, the number of signatures required ranges between approximately 140,000 and 150,000 valid signatures for each petition.

Signatures for the following petitions were submitted for verification:

· An amendment to various chapters of the Revised Statutes of Missouri relating to casinos and gambling: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2008petitions/08init_pet.asp#2008035

· A statutory amendment to the Revised Statutes of Missouri relating to home care: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2008petitions/08init_pet.asp#2008025

· A Constitutional Amendment to Article I relating to eminent domain: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2008petitions/08init_pet.asp#2008001

· A Constitutional Amendment to Article VI relating to eminent domain: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2008petitions/08init_pet.asp#2008002

· An amendment to Chapter 393 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri relating to renewable energy: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2008petitions/08init_pet.asp#2008031