Missouri voters approved several changes to state law during Tuesday’s election, including raising the state’s minimum wage and allowing the possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Three of the four amendments listed on Tuesday’s ballot, plus three propositions, passed.
Constitutional Amendment 1 was designed to ban lawmakers from accepting gifts from lobbyists, require transparency with campaign financial records, and bring ethics reform in Missouri politics. Amendment 1 will also take responsibility for redistricting away from state legislators and place it in the hands of an independent, non-partisan demographer.
With thousands showing up to the polls, the “Clean up Missouri politics” amendment passed with over 60 percent of the vote.
Proposition B to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023 passed with 62.3 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results Missourians currently earning minimum wage make roughly $314 a week, barely $17,000 a year. The first minimum wage increase will take place in 2019, increasing the rate from $7.85 to $8.60, and then by 85 cents each year after until it reaches the $12.00 in 2023.
There were 3 proposals to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri. Two failed, but Amendment 2 passed. It imposes a 4 percent tax on marijuana sales with the revenue dedicated to health care services for veterans.
It passed with 65.5% support statewide and 82% support in St. Louis City.
Constitutional Amendment 4, the bingo amendment, passed with 52.4 percent of Missourians agreeing to allow bingo advertisements. The previous rules banned any organization from advertising bingo games. In addition to game advertisement, Amendment 4 will also reduce the amount of active membership time required to manage games. Prior to November 6, anyone who was interested in managing a bingo game had to be licensed and have an active two-year membership. With the passage of Amendment 4, the requirements have now been reduced to six months. However, any person interested in managing a game is still required to be licensed.
Proposition D, a proposed increase to the state’s fuel tax, failed with 53.6% of Missourians voting against it.
Voter turnout all over the country was higher than previous midterm election years. Turnout was also higher in Missouri and St. Louis City. But even with higher than normal turnout and a U.S. Senate seat on the line, most north side voters stayed home. Turnout was below 50% in Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 21, 22, and 27.