While the courts deal with the legal issues surrounding the Clean Missouri initiative, county clerks across the state are left in limbo waiting for a decision.

While the courts deal with the legal issues surrounding the Clean Missouri initiative, county clerks across the state are left in limbo waiting for a decision.

Clean Missouri was certified to be on the November ballot. The initiative was challenged in court and a Cole County judge ruled that is should be removed from the ballot. Supporters of the measure filed an appeal. Now, with absentee voting scheduled to begin on Tues., Sept. 25, county clerks are still waiting to have ballots printed. 

Miller County Clerk Clinton Jenkins said the court case is delaying the process for county clerks. While the Missouri Secretary of State sets deadlines for election certifications for counties, the courts don’t abide by those dates. 

In this case, Clinton said the ballot may not be ready for absentee voting to get underway. Oral arguments were scheduled for Sept. 20, but that doesn’t mean the appeal will be resolved immediately, he said. 

“We could be pushing it,” he said. Although the printing company that handles Miller County is nearby,  there are only a few companies in the state that handle ballots. So everyone is going to be pushing to get theirs as soon as possible. 

Camden County Clerk Rowland Todd’s office said if voters were intending to case an absentee ballot early next week, they should check with the clerk’s office in their respective county before requesting or visiting to vote. The ballots are ordered but until the Clean Missouri questions is resolved, everything is on hold. 

Camden County currently has about 28,200 active registered voters on the books. In November of 2016, more than 3,600 residents voted absentee. The number was a higher than normal number due to the presidential number.

Even if the ballots are late, there will be plenty of time for voters who qualify for absentee to cast their ballot. Absentee ballots can be cast up to the day prior to the election at the county clerk’s office. Clerks offices also open for a partial day on the last Saturday prior to the election. 

What is is:

Amendment 1 or Clean Missouri is being promoted as a measure that would clean up Missouri politics,  take power away from special interests, and to increase integrity, transparency and accountability in government. 

Here are the facts on what Amendment 1 will do:

lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates
eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts in the General Assembly
require that legislative records be open to the public
require politicians to wait two years before becoming lobbyists
ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new maps are drawn after the next census, by adding criteria for fairness and competitiveness of the overall map, which will be reviewed by a citizen commission and keep compact and contiguous districts
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