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?