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Joe Trippi (left) and former Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell (D) (right) in Kansas City for Your Vote Counts!

Blue Girl and I had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Joe Trippi and former Missouri Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell (D) in Kansas City this morning about the ballot initiative addressing the Missouri General Assembly’s propensity to overturn the results of ballot initiatives. Think about that for a minute.

The Your Vote Counts Act is a proposed citizen-backed initiative seeking to qualify for the November 2012 statewide ballot, in order to help protect the integrity of the ballot initiative process and provide greater protections for voter-approved initiatives. The constitutional measure would require a three-fourths vote in both the House and the Senate, or a vote of the people by referendum, in order for the legislature to repeal or amend any voter-approved initiative….

It comes down to a simple question. Do we trust the voters to do the right thing in the light of day or does the General Assembly hold all of the marbles?

The transcript of our conversation will follow in subsequent posts.