VOTE NEXT TUESDAY, November 6th.
Voter Guide for Missouri General Election Provided by the Law Offices of Michelle M. Funkenbusch
Finding your polling place and sample ballot:
- Polling places are open 6am to 7pm on Election Day. You will need some form of ID. More info and FAQ about voting here. Voter Bill of Rights here.
- Find your sample ballot here – lists your polling place with address, all offices and all candidates, and all ballot issues that will appear on your own ballot. This also verifies that you are registered to vote.
- If you will be absent from your voting district on election day, or meet one of the other qualifications for absentee voting, you can request a ballot and return it by mail or fax, or vote in an early/absentee voting location–but you’ll need to plan ahead. Details and information about absentee voting are here.
Information about candidates:
- Links to websites of candidates for statewide office and Congress
- Information about Missouri State House of Representatives Candidates
- Information about Missouri State Senate Candidates
- Put your address/zip code OR any state/federal candidate’s name into the Project VoteSmart search box to find background, biographical information, and links to the candidate’s web site.
- Project VoteSmart now has updated district/zip code directories for the November 2012 elections and this is the easiest way to find your districts and candidates.
How to find your candidate’s names, your US Rep, State Rep, and State Senate District numbers:
BEWARE that many/most district numbers have changed this year in Missouri, thanks to the new census data and re-districting. Your state representative district number is almost certainly changed, and many state senate districts and US representative districts have changes boundaries, too–sometimes by a little and sometimes by a lot. Here is how to find your updated info:
- Project VoteSmart’s zip code lookup tool will tell you your new districts–and link to candidates as well.
- Find your sample ballot on the Missouri Secretary of State web site. The sample ballot will list your districts and all candidates.
- Find the updated 2012 Election district maps at the Missouri Secretary of State’s web site.
November 2012 Ballot Issues:
MISSOURI CONSTITUTIONAL Amendment 3
There are NO estimated costs or savings expected if this proposal is approved by voters.
FAIR BALLOT LANGUAGE
A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to change the current nonpartisan selection of supreme court and court of appeals judges to a process that gives the governor increased authority to appoint a majority of the commission that selects these court nominees. This measure also allows the governor to appoint all lawyers to the commission by removing the requirement that the governor’s appointees be nonlawyers.
A “no” vote will not change the current constitutional provisions for the nonpartisan selection of supreme court and court of appeals judges.
Shall Missouri law be amended to:
State governmental entities estimated savings will eventually be up to $500,000 annually. Local governmental entities estimated annual potential savings of $3.5 million; however, consolidation decisions with an unknown outcome may result in the savings being more or less than estimated.
A “yes” vote will amend Missouri law to allow any city not within a county (the City of St. Louis) the option of establishing a municipal police force by transferring certain obligations and control of the city’s police force from the board of police commissioners currently appointed by the governor to the city. This amendment also establishes certain procedures and requirements for governing such a municipal police force including residency, rank, salary, benefits, insurance, and pension. The amendment further prohibits retaliation against any employee of such municipal police force who reports conduct believed to be illegal to a superior, government agency, or the press.A “no” vote will not change the current Missouri law regarding St. Louis City’s police force.If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.
Shall Missouri law be amended to:
Estimated additional revenue to state government is $283 million to $423 million annually with limited estimated implementation costs or savings. The revenue will fund only programs and services allowed by the proposal. The fiscal impact to local governmental entities is unknown. Escrow fund changes may result in an unknown increase in future state revenue.
A “yes” vote will amend Missouri law to create the Health and Education Trust Fund with proceeds from a tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The amount of the tax is $0.0365 per cigarette and 25% of the manufacturer’s invoice price for roll-your-own tobacco and 15% for other tobacco products. The Fund proceeds will be used to reduce and prevent tobacco use and for elementary, secondary, college, and university public school funding. This amendment also increases the amount that certain tobacco product manufacturers must maintain in their escrow accounts, to pay judgments or settlements, before any funds in escrow can be refunded to the tobacco product manufacturer and creates bonding requirements for these manufacturers.
A “no” vote will not change the current Missouri law regarding taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products or the escrow account and bonding requirements for certain tobacco product manufacturers.
If passed, this measure will increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Shall Missouri Law be amended to prohibit the Governor or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature?No direct costs or savings for state and local governmental entities are expected from this proposal. Indirect costs or savings related to enforcement actions, missed federal funding, avoided implementation costs, and other issues are unknown.
A “yes” vote will amend Missouri law to prohibit the Governor or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature.
A “no” vote will not amend Missouri law to prohibit the Governor or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature.
If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.