Show me the logic

Missouri had amendments to its Constitution on the ballot yesterday, and this one, Number 1, struck me as curious:

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to require the office of county assessor to be an elected position in all counties with a charter form of government, except counties with a population between 600,001-699,999?

It is estimated this proposal will have no costs or savings to state or local governmental entities.

Apparently it passed. Brian J. Noggle explains that this was a measure to force St. Louis County to elect its assessor, which I suppose would be a Good Thing, but I’m perplexed that this apparently requires all 114 counties plus the City of St. Louis to pass judgment on the matter. Then again, it’s probably wise to assume that every state constitution has at least some bizarre provisions.

Meanwhile, how come Jackson, the only county meeting those population requirements, gets a pass?


  1. fillyjonk »

    3 November 2010 · 7:20 pm

    Laws and sausages, laws and sausages.

    And apparently ballot measures, too.

  2. Nicole »

    3 November 2010 · 7:23 pm

    I was wondering the same thing – why is KC exempt? I couldn’t find an explanation anywhere.

  3. Brian J. »

    3 November 2010 · 7:43 pm

    Actually, St. Louis County made its assessor an elected position as part of the August ballot. That sort of eluded me since I’m not knowingly voting in St. Louis County any more.

    The measure was to amend the constitution to alter the rules of Charter Counties except Jackson to make this the rule. Kind of a no takebacks provision.

    As this was added to the ballot by the legislature, I expect it only passed the legislature with the votes of Jackson County legislators who only agreed when it exempted them.

    That’s my understanding which has grown a little since the posting. I am just a simple citizen. Its complicated nature is designed to keep me from knowing what’s really going on at a glance.

  4. CGHill »

    3 November 2010 · 7:51 pm

    And I suppose it would have been impolitic to say “…except Jackson County” on the actual ballot.

    If I’m reading correctly, the 110 counties which are not Charter Counties already had to elect their assessors — including, I assume, Kansas City north of the river, which would be in Platte or Clay County.

  5. Nicole »

    4 November 2010 · 1:58 pm

    True. It was only Kansas City where it is in Jackson County.

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