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Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts, a group which supports the current status of the “Missouri Court Plan”, a non-partisan procedure for selecting judges in Missouri, has issued an analysis of the signatures collected by the opponents of the court plan, “ShowMe Better Courts”:

BREAKING: Missourians apparently reject proposal to inject partisanship and politics into Missouri courts

Analysis predicts ShowMe Better Courts failed to collect sufficient signatures in at least six of nine Congressional districts

Jefferson City, MO – Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts Action Fund today announced that according to an analysis of signatures submitted to the Secretary of State by ShowMe Better Courts, a group proposing a constitutional amendment to dismantle Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court plan, it appears that insufficient signatures were collected to qualify the amendment and send it to the voters.  The review predicts that ShowMe Better Courts fell short of the signature requirement in at least six of nine Congressional Districts.

“Missourians were presented a clear choice between preserving Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan, a model for the nation, or scrapping it in favor of judicial campaigns full of partisanship, politics and negative campaigning.  It appears that Missourians have rejected this proposal to inject politics and partisanship into Missouri’s courtrooms by refusing to even provide sufficient signatures to put this bad idea on the ballot,” said Ken Morley, an advisor to Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts Action Fund.

In order to qualify a proposed constitutional amendment for the ballot, proponents must submit signatures equaling 8% of the total number of votes cast in the last gubernatorial election in at least six of the nine Congressional Districts in Missouri.  The review revealed that despite spending more than $1.5 million on signature collection efforts, ShowMe Better Courts failed to collect sufficient signatures in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Congressional Districts.   An analysis of signatures can be found at http://mofaircourts.com/analys…  A copy of all signatures submitted by ShowMe Better Courts was obtained from the Secretary of State’s office through a Sunshine request, and is also available for review at http://mofaircourts.com/petiti…

Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts Action Fund mounted an unprecedented voter education campaign to warn Missourians about this dangerous proposal, including grassroots education activities, online communications, and educational radio advertising.

“Amendment proponents spent an unprecedented amount on signature collection.  To fail to collect sufficient signatures after spending over $1.5 million demonstrates clearly that once Missourians understood the risks presented by this proposal to dismantle Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan, they rejected it out of hand,” said Morley.

Despite claims by ShowMe Better Courts that approximately 250,000 signatures were submitted, a full count of all petitions reveals that less than 200,000 signatures were actually submitted to the Secretary of State.

In two words, epic fail. One point five million dollars. Savor that for a moment.

Our previous coverage:

The Missouri Plan: In Plain English (October 31, 2007)

The irony impaired opponent of the “Missouri Court Plan” (January 31, 2008)

Attack on the Non-Partisan Court Plan (March 19, 2008)

The Missouri Court Plan (May 11, 2009)

The irony impaired opponent of the “Missouri Court Plan” – part 2 (May 13, 2009)