Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has ordered a statewide recount of the votes cast in the August 5 Primary Election on Constitutional Amendment 1. The announcement was made August 26, according to Kander’s website. Entitled “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed,” Amendment 1, which passed by a simple majority vote, aims to make farming a right in Missouri, “similar in scope and protection to the speech, religion and gun rights already in Missouri’s constitution,” according to campaign materials authored by Attorney Brent Haden of the Haden & Byrne Law Firm of Columbia.
Ste. Genevieve County Deputy County Clerk Sue Wolk, who won her bid in the primary election for the position from which current County Clerk Kay Basler is retiring, said the state will cover the costs involved in doing the recount.
The ballots cast in the August primary are separated according to precinct and stored in sealed boxes inside a vault in the County Clerk’s Office at the Ste. Genevieve County Courthouse. The “un-voted” ballots from the election are stored in the same manner.
Wolk said the office is required to keep election ballots for 22 months after an election.