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Group appeals rejection of state constitutional amendments

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis – A citizens' group Friday appealed Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's rejection of two proposed constitutional amendments it hoped to place on the November ballot.

Missourians in Charge collected 400,000 signatures in support of amendments that would restrict eminent domain and cap state spending.

But Carnahan said because stacks of pages were unnumbered and out of order, her office was legally obliged to reject them.

Group president Patrick Touhey says Carnahan has no authority to turn down the signatures based on a technicality.

"What's important here is the will of the people, and something as trivial as page numbering quite simply does not rise to the level of invalidating 400,000 signatures," Touhey said.

The appeal was filed in Cole County Circuit court. A judge and a hearing date have yet to be assigned.