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Elections: ‘Right to Farm’ vote will be recounted

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Tuesday that a statewide recount of Constitutional Amendment 1, which appeared on the Aug. 5 primary ballot has been requested.
Kander’s office has created a webpage (www.sos.mo.gov/elections/Amendment1), which he said would make the recount process more transparent and accessible to Missourians.
The page will be updated daily at 3 p.m. to show the recount schedule established by the local election authorities, each local election authority’s report of findings, and a summary of recount results.
The office will also train a team of staff members that can be dispatched throughout the state if assistance is requested. Per state statute, the recount will be supervised and certified by the secretary of state’s office no later than Sept. 15.
“My goal is to set the standard for an open, transparent and fair recount process,” Kander said. “Recounts are in place to both ensure the integrity of elections and give Missourians confidence in the results, which is why I put an emphasis on new transparency measures.”
According to state law (RSMo 115.601), recounts are not automatically triggered, but must be requested by a registered voter whose position on the ballot question was defeated.
Statewide races are only eligible for a recount when results are separated by less than one half of one percent of total votes cast.
Of 996,672 votes cast on Constitutional Amendment 1, there were 499,581 “yes” votes and 497,091 “no” votes, with a difference of 0.24 percent.
The recount was requested by Wes Shoemyer on behalf of Missouri’s Food for America. Constitutional Amendment 1 will be represented by Dan Kleinsorge on behalf of Missouri Farmers Care.
Local election authorities will determine the date and time for recounts to take place in their respective counties, and a bipartisan team of election judges will conduct the process. Media may be present to observe the proceedings.
According to schedule information on the state’s election Web site, recounts will begin Sept. 4. They must be concluded by Sept. 11.
The secretary of state is required to certify recount results by Sept. 15.

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