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Election Day - Issues and Finding Your Polling Place

MISSOURI -- It is primary election day across Missouri. If you don't know where you vote, there is an online locator you can use. Also, review the 5 statewide constitutional amendments on today's ballot.
MISSOURI -- It is primary election day across Missouri, when candidates for the Missouri legislature and local offices square off in their party primaries.   Voters across the state will also decide five proposed Missouri constitutional amendments.  The polls open at 6am and close at 7pm.

To find your polling place, go to the Missouri Secretary of State's website to use an online locator.  Enter your address and zip code to find your polling place.   

See identification required to vote. 

Here is a review of the five statewide issues on the ballot today, Tuesday, August 5, 2014:

Missouri voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution with five measures that span agriculture, firearms, taxes, lottery and civil rights.

Amendment 1, known as Right to Farm legislation, would give the agriculture industry constitutional protection.

A debate about whether it's necessary -- and it's overall objective -- has cropped up. Some say it won't help family farmers, but rather large corporations.

"This amendment is about extending large corporations and foreign corporations the same rights that family farmers already have," Former Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell.

Others say it will help farms of all sizes stay competitive in a changing market.

"We think it gives us a leg up in any kind of legal challenges that would come regardless of size," Missouri Dairy Association executive Dave Drennan said.

Amendment 5 asks whether the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right that the state is obligated to uphold.

Missouri citizens already have the right to bear arms for defense purposes ... so some call the measure "symbolic."

Amendment 7, a 10-year three-quarter-cent sales tax which would not be applied to gas and groceries, would produce an estimated $480 million for transportation infrastructure.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has prepared a "wish list" of objectives for that money, but they say whether it's Amendment 7 or something else, they'll need more funding than they currently have. They say current funding won't even maintain the roads, let alone fund new projects.

"We will not be able to maintain the existing system in its current condition," Southwest District Engineer Andy Mueller said.

Amendment 8 would establish the Missouri Veterans Lottery ticket. That means the special ticket's profits would go toward veterans programs.

Amendment 9 would add electronic communications and data to the state constitution's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures of Missourians' "persons, papers, homes and effects."


Complete election results after the polls close at 7pm here.


Ballot Language

    Amendment 1: Agriculture


Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed?

The potential costs or savings to governmental entities are unknown, but likely limited unless the resolution leads to increased litigation costs and/or the loss of federal funding.

A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to guarantee the rights of Missourians to engage in farming and ranching practices, subject to any power given to local government under Article VI of the Missouri Constitution.

A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding farming and ranching.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.


    Amendment 5: Firearms


Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is a unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?

State and local governmental entities should have no direct costs or savings from this proposal. However, the proposal’s passage will likely lead to increased litigation and criminal justice related costs. The total potential costs are unknown, but could be significant.

A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to expand the right to keep and bear arms to include ammunition and related accessories for such arms. This amendment also removes the language that states the right to keep and bear arms does not justify the wearing of concealed weapons. This amendment does not prevent the legislature from limiting the rights of certain felons and certain individuals adjudicated as having a mental disorder.

A "no"; [sic] vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding arms, ammunition, and accessories for such arms.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.


    Amendment 7: Taxes

Should the Missouri Constitution be changed to enact a temporary sales tax of three-quarters of one percent to be used solely to fund state and local highways, roads, bridges and transportation projects for ten years, with priority given to repairing unsafe roads and bridges?

This change is expected to produce $480 million annually to the state's Transportation Safety and Job Creation Fund and $54 million for local governments. Increases in the gas tax will be prohibited. This revenue shall only be used for transportation purposes and cannot be diverted for other uses.

A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to increase funding for state, county, and municipal street, road, bridge, highway, and public transportation initiatives by increasing the state sales/use tax by three-quarters of one percent for 10 years. This amendment further prohibits a change in gasoline taxes and prohibits toll roads or bridges. This amendment also requires these measures to be re-approved by voters every 10 years.

A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to increase funding for state, county, and municipal street, road, bridge, highway, and public transportation initiatives.

If passed, this measure will increase the state sales/use tax.



    Amendment 8: Veterans' Lottery

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to create a "Veterans Lottery Ticket" and to use the revenue from the sale of these tickets for projects and services related to veterans?

The annual cost or savings to state and local governmental entities is unknown, but likely minimal. If sales of a veterans lottery ticket game decrease existing lottery ticket sales, the profits of which fund education, there could be a small annual shift in funding from education to veterans’ programs.

A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to create a "Veterans Lottery Ticket." This amendment further provides that the revenue from the sale of these tickets will be used for projects and services related to veterans.

A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to create a "Veterans Lottery Ticket."

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.


    Amendment 9: Civil Rights

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?

State and local governmental entities expect no significant costs or savings.

A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to specify that electronic data and communications have the same protections from unreasonable searches and seizures as persons, papers, homes, and effects.

A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding protections for electronic communications and data.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.



For more information about the ballot, visit the Missouri Secretary of State's website.  

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