Mo. secretary of state certifies petition for Medicaid expansion question to appear on November ballot

Mo. secretary of state certifies petition for Medicaid expansion question to appear on November ballot
A petition regarding Medicaid expansion to appear on the November ballot in Missouri was certified by the secretary of state. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - A petition regarding Medicaid expansion to appear on the November ballot in Missouri was certified.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft approved the petition signatures. Per state law, “the secretary of state may verify the signatures on the petition by use of random sampling.” The law states that “the process for establishing the random sample and determining the statistically valid result shall be established by the secretary of state. Such a random sampling shall include an examination of five percent of the signatures.”

After municipal elections were moved to June 2 and a petitioner submitted signatures on May 1, the secretary of state determined used random sampling to verify signatures.

“We carefully considered whether to have local election officials conduct signature verifications at the same time as they are preparing for the June election,” Ashcroft said. “After visiting all 116 election officials in the state over the last two weeks, I know we made the right decision. It would have created a tremendous amount of work for them at the same time they prepare for, conduct and certify their local election.”

The question the will appear on the ballot, pending approval by the Attorney General, is:

Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to:
November Ballot

To place a constitutional amendment on the ballot, the number of signatures verified must be at least 8 percent of the number of voters in six of eight congressional districts who cast ballots for governor in the last election by congressional district.

In the instance, Ashcroft said the petitioner submitted 341,440 signatures on May 1.

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