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Missouri Legalizes Recreational Marijuana By Narrow Margin [ELECTION RESULTS]

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Missouri joined the growing number of states to allow recreational marijuana, as the hotly contested ballot issue narrowly passed in Tuesday's midterm elections. The vote was 53% Yes to 47% No; the state's urban areas are the reason the amendment passed. In fact, of Missouri's 114 counties, only 13 voted Yes on the proposal, plus Kansas City and St. Louis cities; the remaining 101 counties voted No. At Lake of the Ozarks, all three counties (Camden/Miller/Morgan) voted No on the constitutional amendment. 

Yes-voting counties/cities:

Buchanan (St. Joseph)

Cass (K.C. metro)

Clay (K.C. metro)

Greene (Springfield)

Jackson (K.C., second-most populous in the state)

Jefferson (St. Louis metro)

Johnson (Warrensburg/K.C. area)

Kansas City (66,147 Yes - 18,846 No)

New Madrid

Platte (K.C. metro)

Ray (K.C. metro)

St. Charles (St. Louis metro)

St. Francois

St. Louis (215,415 - 149,934)

St. Louis City (60.442 - 22,354)

But marijuana wasn't the only thing on the ballot for Missourians. Four proposed amendments to the state constitution were decided, as well as a question about whether Missouri should call for a state constitutional convention. Missourians also voted on a new U.S. Senator, Congressmembers, local issues, as well as state representatives and senators — though many of those had already secured their victories in the August primary elections.

And while Kansas City factored heavily against the majority of the state's counties in helping pass the recreational marijuana amendment, it was the rest of the state vs. Kansas City on an unorthodox constitutional amendment (Amendment 4) to raise the mandatory minimum amount of the city's budget that is allocated to the Kansas City Police Department. Every county in the state voted to require an increase in the proportion of the city's budget that goes to the police department: only Kansas City and St. Louis City voted against it. The KCPD is the only city police department in the nation whose budget is controlled by a state constitution. The reason state law governs the KCPD budget dates back to legislation from 1939, when corruption ran rampant in the department and city government. Buzz around the amendment was contextualized by "defund the police" movements from recent years.

Summaries of Tuesday’s decisions on Lake of the Ozarks area issues, state issues, and federal government officeholders, are below.

*Note: all results are considered unofficial until certified.



Lake Area Issues

CITY OF LAKE OZARK QUESTION NO. 1

Shall the revenue generated by the existing one-half of one percent (1/2%,) sales tax levied by the City under authority of the qualified voters of the City in 2005 and codified in Code Section 130.280 be made available for water and road infrastructure improvements and maintenance in addition to sewer improvements and extensions?

Yes - 702

No - 117


PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT NO 3 PROPOSITION

Shall the decree of the Circuit Court of Morgan County, Missouri, rendered on the 11th day of July, 2022, incorporating Public Water Supply District No. 3 of Morgan County, Missouri became final and conclusive and shall the Public Water Supply District No. 3 of Morgan County, Missouri be formed and incorporated in accordance with Chapter 247. Revised Statutes of Missouri.

Yes - 14

No - 2


CITY OF ELDON PROPOSITION B

Shall the City of Eldon, Missouri, extend the imposition of its existing local parks sales tax of three-eighths of one percent (3/8 of 1%) for an additional 25 years for the purpose of providing funding for local parks within the city? 

Yes - 995

No - 324



Statewide (Missouri) Issues & Office-Holders

AMENDMENT 1 (Giving State Treasurer increased options for investing surplus funds)

Yes - 894,056 (46%)

No - 1,061,253 (54%)

(Camden - 7,817 [45%] Yes -- 9,546 [55%] No)

(Miller - 3,313 [40%] Yes -- 5,021 [60%] No)

(Morgan - 2,508 [38%] Yes -- 4,062 [62%] No)


AMENDMENT 3 (Legalizing recreational marijuana)

Yes - 1,089,326 (53%)

No - 961,909 (47%)

(Camden - 8,646 [47%] Yes -- 9,578 [53%] No)

(Miller - 3,409 [39%] Yes -- 5,297 [61%] No)

(Morgan - 3,122 [45%] Yes -- 3,782 [55%] No)


AMENDMENT 4 (Increase mandatory minimum funding for Kansas City Police Department)

Yes - 1,265,938 (63%)

No - 735,835 (37%)

(Camden - 11,918 [67%] Yes -- 5,892 [33%] No)

(Miller - 5,476 [65%] -- 2,962 [35%] No)

(Morgan - 4,426 [66%] Yes -- 2,298 [34%] No)


AMENDMENT 5 (Create a Department of the National Guard)

Yes - 1,193,908 (60%)

No - 788,184 (40%)

(Camden - 11,770 [67%] Yes -- 5,890 [33%] No)

(Miller - 5,704 [68%] Yes -- 2,730 [32%] No)

(Morgan - 4,498 [67%] Yes -- 2,221 [33%] No)


CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION QUESTION (Should we have a convention to rewrite the Missouri constitution?)

Yes - 632,200 (32%)

No - 1,324,937 (68%)

(Camden - 5,694 [33%] Yes -- 11,827 [67%] No)

(Miller - 2,724 [33%] Yes -- 5,576 [67%] No)

(Morgan - 2,048 Yes [31%] -- 4,561 [69%] No)


STATE AUDITOR:

Scott Fitzpatrick (R) - 1,216,046 (59%)

Alan Green (D) - 768,500 (38%)

John Hartwig (L) - 61,093 (3%)


MISSOURI SUPREME COURT JUDGES:

Shall Judge Zel Fischer of the Missouri Supreme Court be retained in office?

Yes - 1,207,409 (68%)

No - 566,918 (32%)

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Shall Judge Robin Ransom of the Missouri Supreme Court be retained in office?

Yes - 1,235,594 (70%)

No - 523,350 (30%)


MISSOURI COURT OF APPEALS JUDGES, SOUTHERN DISTRICT 

Shall Judge Don Burrell of the Southern District Court of Appeals be retained in office?

Yes - 312,892

No -  100,225

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Shall Judge Jack Goodman of the Southern District Court of Appeals be retained in office?

Yes - 314,952 

No - 98,359



National Office-Holders

FOR UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 3

Blaine Luetkemeyer - 180,358 (65%)

Bethany Mann - 96,465 (35%)


FOR UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 4

Mark Alford (R) - 181,013 (71%)

Jack Truman (D) - 66,669 (26%)

Randy Langkraehr (L) - 6,090 (2%)


 

UNITED STATES SENATOR:

Eric Schmitt (R) - 1,143,626 (55%) 

Trudy Busch Valentine (D) - 868,873 (42%)

Jonathan Dine (L) - 34,706 (2%)

Paul Venable (C) - 14,548 (0.7%)



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