Missouri General Election Tues, Nov 8th, 2016: Voter guide - Find your polling place, ballots, candidates, issues

Missouri's general elections are being held across the state on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016.

"I bicycle - I walk - I run and I vote" is one of the most powerful statements we can make to any elected leader, in our work to make Missouri a better, safer place to walk and bicycle.

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So whatever your party, whoever your candidates, whatever your issues, please get out and VOTE on Tuesday, November 8th.

MoBikeFed Voter Guide for the November 8th, 2016, Primary Election

Finding your polling place and sample ballot

Information about candidates

November 2016 Statewide Ballot Issues

Six statewide ballot issues are up for a vote on November 8th. Find out details and pro/con arguments for each ballot issue on Ballotpedia and the Missouri Secretary of State web site.

Amendment summary--click the name of each amendment for the Ballotpedia page with more information and details about the proposed amendment:

Amendment 1Parks, Soils, Water Tax RenewalRenews the 1/10th cent state sales tax that supports Missouri state parks and trails (including the Katy & Rock Island Trails) and helps preserve soil & water.
Amendment 2Campaign contribution limitsAmend the Missouri Constitution to limit individual contributions to a state or judicial candidate to $2,600 and contributions to a political party to $25,000.
Amendment 3Increase taxes on cigarettesAmend the Missouri Constitution to increase state tobacco tax by 60 cents/pack. Additionally adds a 67 cents/pack fee for companies that did not sign on to the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
Amendment 4Prohibiting any new sales taxes on servicesAmend the Missouri Constitution to prohibit the state and local governments from enacting a sales tax on any service or activity that was not already taxed as of 1 January 2015.
Amendment 6Require ID for votingAmend the Missouri Constitution to require voters to present ID when voting.
Proposition AIncrease taxes on cigarettesIncrease the state's tobacco tax by 23 cents/pack. Proceeds go to transportation. The tax will be repealed if any other tobacco tax appears on a state or local ballot in the future.

Note that Amendment 3 and Proposition A both increase tobacco tax. If both pass, it is unclear under Missouri law which will prevail.

November 2016 Local Ballot Issues

Many local municipalities will have issues on the ballot.  Note that these local issues most often do not show up on sample ballots generated by Ballotpedia, Vote411, and similar national election aggretation sites. Check the sample ballot on your local election authority's web site for those local issues.

Or you can google location:mo cityname elections to find local election information, or google cityname sample ballot to find a sample ballot.

Your sample ballot will also show any local elections, such as county council, sheriff, coroner, and assessor, that do not show up on national election information web sites.

Below are just a few of the local issues on the ballot in different parts of Missouri:

St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles CountyProposition S5 cent property tax increase for elderly servicesIncrease property tax by 5 cents per hundred dollars assessed value "for the purpose of providing services to persons sixty years of age and older". Background info.
Jackson CountyQuestion 1Renewing COMBAT sales taxRenewing the 1/4 cent sales tax devoted to county anti-crime initiatives. Background info.
Jackson CountyQuestion 2Creating Community Children's Services FundTo provide services "to protect the wellbeing and safety of children and youth nineteen years of age and less and to strengthen families". Background info.
Jackson CountyQuestion 3Discontinue current sales tax for out-of-state vehicle purchasesCurrently Missouri cities, counties, and state tax out-of-state motor vehicle purchases the same as in-state. Because of a court ruling, each city & county must go to residents to ask whether this tax can be continued. Background info.
Kansas CityQuestions 1 & 2Transfer property from parks systemsQ1 is a 1.2 acre parcel & Q2 is a 2.6 acre parcel.
Kansas CityQuestion 3Massive citywide light rail planClay Chastain's most recent proposal: 3/8 cent new sales tax and 3/8 cent sales tax shifted from current KCATA operations to this new light rail line, to build a light rail line from the Airport to the Zoo in Kansas City. Background info.
Mid-Continent Public Library District (Kansas City area)Proposition L8 cent property tax increase for librariesIncrease the current property tax from 32 cents to 40 cents per hundred dollars assessed value, to renovation and improvements to the MCPL library system). Background info.
RogersvilleQuestion 130 cent property tax for parksIncrease property tax by 30 cents per hundred dollars assessed value for Rogersville public parks. Background info.
RogersvilleQuestion 21/4% sales tax for storm water control &  local parksIncrease sales tax by 1/4 of one percent for storm water control and public parks in Rogersville. Background info.
HannibalProposition 1$1.90/month for recyclingThis is an extension of the current $1.90/month recycling fee until 2020. The fee is charged as part of monthly utility bills. Background info.
Wayland Bonding improvements to water & sewer systemsApprove issuance of $1 million in revenue bonds so that the city's combined waterworks and sewerage systems can be treated with ammonia. Background info.
Nodaway County "Bed Tax" for multi-purpose arena7000 seat multi-purpose arena to be built on NMSU campus. The proposed tax on hotel rooms will fund a small portion of the arena. Background info.

Note that for property taxes in Missouri, assessed value is 19% of market value. For example, for a home valued $100,000, a property tax of 5 cents per $100 assessed value means the property tax will be $100,000 * 19% * 0.05/100 = $9.50 per year.