Dustin Steinhoff, News Editor
Midterm elections occurred across the country Nov. 6, with Missouri holding a key Senate election and multiple high-profile amendment votes regarding issues such as medical marijuana usage and lobbying limits.
With a 51.4 percent of votes, Republican Josh Hawley won the Missouri U.S. Senator position over incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill who received 45.5 percent of the votes. The other Missouri U.S. Senate seat is currently held by Republican Roy Blunt.
Missouri Constitutional Amendment 1, also known as “Clean Missouri,” passed with a 62 percent of voters in favor of the amendment. This amendment changes how state legislative districts are redrawn, requires legislative records to be open to the public and limits the contributions lobbyists can give as gifts to state legislators.
Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2 passed with approval from 65.5 percent of voters. This amendment legalizes the use of marijuana for medical purposes and imposes a 4 percent sales tax on it to fund health care services for military veterans. Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3 and Missouri Proposition C were medical marijuana legalization measures as well, but Missourians voted these two down.
Missouri Proposition B passed with a 62.3 percent approval rating. The minimum wage in Missouri will be raised to $8.60 per hour with an increase of 85 cents per hour each year until 2023, resulting in a minimum wage of $12 per hour. Additionally, the penalties for underpaying employees was increased.
Democrat Nicole Galloway retained her position as Missouri State Auditor with 50.4 percent of votes, beating Republican Saundra McDowell who received 44.6 percent of votes. The state auditor position has an important role in the redistricting changes being made by Missouri Constitutional Amendment 1, as the state auditor will be responsible for choosing candidates for the state demographer position, who will redraw the state legislator maps.