You have full Initiative & Referendum rights. Citizens can pass laws they write or suspend a statute passed by the Legislature by collecting enough petition signatures to place the statute on the statewide ballot for a decision by the voters. Voters can also initiate constitutional amendments by Initiative.
Coalition for an Open & Accessible Initiative Process:
See the results of a poll on support for statewide initiative & referendum here.
Click here to view Missouri’s individual report in Of the People, By the People, For the People: A 2010 Report Card on Statewide Voter Initiative Rights.
State Balloting Process
Initiative and referendum became part of Missouri’s constitution
primarily as the result of a decade of work by three people: St. Louis
attorney Silas L. Moser, William Preston Hill, M.D., Ph.D., and Anna Beard,
Dr. Hill’s assistant… Read More
Ballot Qualifications & Schedule
Date Initiative language can be submitted to state for 2002: Any time.
Signatures are tied to vote of which office: Governor
Next Gubernatorial election: 2012
Votes cast for governor in last election: 2,813,898
Net number of signatures required: For a statute, proponents must collect
signatures equal to 5% of votes cast for governor in 6 out of 9
Congressional districts and 8% for constitutional amendments. The actual
total number varies, depending on which 6 counties are chosen. A statute
initiative circulated in the 6 districts with the highest votes cast for
governor would require 143,888 signatures. An amendment would require
Distribution requirement: 5% in 6 out of 9 congressional districts.
Circulation period: 18 months
Do circulators have to be residents of the state: No, but they must register
with the Secretary of State’s office.
Date when signatures are due for certification: 6 months prior to statewide election
Signature verification process: Secretary of State verifies signatures by use
of random sampling.
Single Subject: Missouri has a single subject requirement.
Legislative tampering: The legislature can both repeal and amend