Election Guide

New MO voting law means no more student IDs at the polls this year

Missouri’s new voting identification law went into full effect on Sept. 4, sparking controversy about the constitutionality of its requirements. Missourians who wish to vote in the upcoming election cycle this November must provide a government-issued photo ID, which includes a Missouri driver’s license; a Missouri state ID; or a US passport.

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Election Guide 2012

Proposition A – Earnings tax initiative

If passed, this proposition—initiated and largely financed by retired investment banker and Tea Party supporter Rex Sinquefield—would set up elections in Kansas City and St. Louis every five years to see if those cities want to eliminate their respective transfer taxes.

Proposition B – Dog-breeding initiative

Shall Missouri law be amended to, require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with sufficient food, clean water, housing and space; necessary veterinary care; regular exercise and adequate rest between breeding cycles prohibit any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets; and create a misdemeanor crime of “puppy mill cruelty” for any violations?

Constitutional Amendment No. 1 – Elected assessor in St. Louis County

This ballot item asks voters to consider a constitutional amendment that would require St. Louis County voters to elect an assessor—an official who evaluates property for taxation—instead of appointing one.

Constitutional Amendment No. 2 – Disabled POW homestead property tax exemption

Amendment No. 2 asks voters to consider exempting former prisoners of war who have full service-related disabilities from paying property taxes on their homes.

Constitutional Amendment No. 3 – Real estate transfer tax

Amendment No. 3 asks voters to consider a statewide prohibition on a real estate transfer tax, levied on property that is sold or inherited. Such a tax can hypothetically be imposed on either the buyer or the seller.

Senate – Roy Blunt vs. Robin Carnahan

Two former secretaries of state from two political dynasties are vying to fill the seat vacated by retiring Republican senator Kit Bond, who has held the seat since 1987

City of Clayton Proposition 1

This proposition asks whether the City of Clayton should impose a tax on the charges for all hotels and motels in Clayton at a rate of less than 5 percent.

St. Louis County Executive

In an electoral twist, there are three candidates running for the position of County Executive, the highest political office in St. Louis County.

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