Missourians vote down cigarette tax amendments; reinstate campaign contribution limits

ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) - When it came to Amendment 2, nearly 70-percent of Missouri voters chose to reinstate limits on campaign contributions. Donations would be limited to $2,600 per election for individual candidates and $25,000 for political parties. It`s expected Amendment 2 will be challenged in court.

A court challenge is also expected when it comes to Amendment 6. 63-percent of Missouri voters helped pass the measure that will require voters to have photo identification when casting ballots in future elections.

The amendments republican backers say it makes the voting process more reliable, while opposing democrats say it disenfranchises voters without ID`s or the ability to easily get one.

On to a pair of tobacco related proposals that went up in smoke.

Over time, Amendment 3 would have raised the cigarette tax by 60 cents a pack to fund early childhood education, but nearly 60-percent of voters said no. Proposition A would have raised the cigarette tax by 23-cents-per-pack over a period of five years to repair roads and bridges. 55-percent of voters snuffed out the measure.

A similar percentage of voters said yes to Amendment 4 which bans new state or local sales taxes on services like haircuts, dry cleaning, and car repairs.

In other measures, Amendment 1 passed. It allows 10 more years a one-tenth cent sales tax for parks and soil and water conservation.

52-percent of voters in St. Louis city, St. Louis County and St. Charles County voted down Proposition S.

It would've raised property taxes by five cents per $100 of assessed valuation to provide in-home services for senior citizens.