Missouri voters pass strict voter ID measure, want campaign contribution limits; reject cigarette taxes

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri voters decided Tuesday that going forward, voters will have to provide a photo ID to cast their ballot. Amendment 6 won 63 percent to 37 percent. In April,  the Republican-led Missouri General Assembly beat a Democratic filibuster and overrode a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon to get the measure on the ballot.

The measure will require voters to present a photo ID issued either by the state, the federal government or the U.S. military. A voter without ID would still be able to vote by signing an affidavit. Missouri joins Kansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Georgia and Virginia, in imposing a strict policy of requiring a photo ID to be allowed to vote.

Courtesy: National Conference of State Legislatures

Courtesy: National Conference of State Legislatures

That was just one of the statewide decisions facing people at the polls.  Missouri voters also defeated two tobacco taxes, maintaining Missouri’s status of having the lowest tobacco tax in the nation. Voters rejected Amendment 3, with 60 percent voting against it. The money raised by the tax was to be used for early childhood health and education.

Missouri’s tax on cigarettes is 17-cents per pack. Nationally, the average taxes on cigarettes amounts to $1.65 a pack.

The second cigarette tax would have been imposed by Proposition A, but it failed 55 percent to 45 percent.

Proposition A proposed a 23-cents a pack tax increase to fund transportation projects.

Courtesy: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Courtesy: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Amendment 2, which puts limits on campaign contributions in Missouri won easily with 70 percent of the vote. With it, individuals will be limited to giving $2,600 to a candidate per election cycle and limited to $25,000 to a political party. One side of the issue says the limits obstruct favors given to big donors, while the other side says the campaign contributions are part of a person’s freedom of speech and believe contributors will find other way to give that are less transparent.

In Kansas City, voters once again dismissed activist Clay Chastain’s proposal for a light rail from the airport to south Kansas City, with 60 percent of voters marking the box to defeat Question 3.  The city and other opponents say Chastain underestimates the cost of the 40 mile light rail project, which he projected could be paid for with two sales taxes amounting to 3/8 cent for 25 years.