Cap the Rate and Raise the Wage campaigns challenging signature counts in St. Louis - KMOV.com

Cap the Rate and Raise the Wage campaigns challenging signature counts in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- In May, the Missourians for Responsible Lending and Give Missourians a Raise campaigns submitted approximately 176,346 signatures for an initiative petition to cap payday loan interest rates and 167,304 signatures for a petition to raise Missouri's minimum wage.  

However, the initial count from local election authorities in St. Louis City and St. Louis County shows that we are 270 signatures short of the required threshold to qualify the Cap the Rate petition for the November ballot, and 1,601 signatures short of the threshold for the Raise the Wage petition. 

The organizations say they're confident that more than enough valid signatures exist among the 31,582 submitted to St. Louis City for the minimum wage petition and 28,220 submitted to St. Louis City for the payday lending petition.

Initial data obtained from local authorities indicate that a significant number of signatures were improperly invalidated in St. Louis City.  The organizations say they intend to examine each signature not validated by the local agencies "to make sure that every registered voter who signed a petition has his or her voice heard." 

At least four other initiative petitions in Missouri in the last 10 years were initially found to have fallen short of the required valid signature total, but later ordered onto the ballot by judges after a more thorough review found initial counts to be incorrect.  

In the coming days, the organizations say they will examine its legal options in determining the appropriate steps to remedy the decision.

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