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Arlington, VA – The Missouri House today passed a constitutional amendment to ensure that only U.S. citizens can vote in Missouri elections while also banning the disastrous practice of Ranked-Choice Voting in the state.

Previously approved by the Senate last month, SJR 78 automatically submits a referendum to the November ballot providing that only citizens of the United States over the age of 18 who are residents of Missouri are entitled to vote at all elections—an overwhelmingly obvious and popular position with Missouri voters.

Furthermore, voters shall have only a single vote and under no circumstance shall he or she be permitted to cast a ballot in a manner that results in the ranking of candidates for a particular office. Candidates receiving the greatest number of votes at a primary election shall be the only candidate for their party at the general election, with those receiving the greatest number of votes in the general election declared the winner.

National Chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement:

“We praise Speaker Dean Plocher, Rep. Ben Baker, Sen. Ben Brown and the resolution’s champions for advancing this critical amendment giving voters the choice they deserve. Only U.S. citizens should decide the outcome of U.S. elections—one person, one vote counted fairly and equally. Left-wing schemes that destroy this solemn, foundational principle should always be prohibited.

“In coordination with our valued partners, ETI conducted a three-month grassroots education and outreach campaign to ensure this measure made it to the ballot where it belongs.”

Executive Director of Missouri-based Liberty Alliance USA Spencer Bone issued the following statement:

“This victory would not have been possible without the tireless work of grassroots conservatives and by elected officials that were willing to lay egos aside to make this happen. Senator Ben Brown spearheaded the effort in the Senate. Rep. Ben Baker led the charge in the House. Speaker Plocher made the issue a priority and brought it to the floor. Now it’s time for the people of Missouri to finish the job in November.”

Executive Director of Honest Elections Project Action and Chair of the national Stop RCV coalition Jason Snead issued the following statement:

“Congratulations to Missouri lawmakers for passing SJR 78! This important measure protects Missouri’s elections from noncitizen voting and Ranked-Choice Voting, two schemes backed by the far-left to fundamentally remake American politics. Thanks to the leadership of Speaker Plocher, Sen. Brown, Rep. Baker, the people of Missouri will have a chance to defend fair elections this November!”

President of AMAC Action Bob Carlstrom issued the following statement:

“It’s only right that Missouri’s voters get to decide these critical issues. Our members have voiced their strong support for ensuring that only U.S. citizens vote in our elections and for the one-person-one vote voting process. Their opposition to the confusing Ranked-Choice Voting method has resonated across America, including Missouri where AMAC members sent hundreds of messages to state lawmakers in support of SJR 78.”

Beginning in 2019, Washington, D.C. Democrats attempted to pass a federal takeover of elections which would have resulted in the automatic dumping of millions of legal and illegal aliens on to the voter rolls. Under H.R. 1, states would have been required to register illegal aliens to vote, state officials would be threatened with criminal liability if they attempt to interfere, and penalties for such illegal voting would be removed—cancelling out millions of American votes.

Section 1012: Mandates states to perform automatic voter registration of every adult on numerous state databases, without regard to citizenship.

Section 1015: Decriminalizes foreigners voting in American elections if they were registered via H.R.1’s mandatory voter registration provisions (i.e., via Sec. 1012).

And to intimidate state and local officials from cleaning foreign citizens off the voter rolls…

Section 1201: Introduces a new, vaguely worded criminal offense if a prosecutor decides a state official’s efforts to keep their voter rolls clean may have ‘interfered’ with registering such person, again regardless of whether or not the registrant was a U.S. Citizen.

Ranked-Choice Voting, also known as ‘Instant-Runoff Voting’ and ‘Preferential Voting,’ is a scheme that has made voting more confusing and difficult, reduced transparency, and put confidence and certainty at risk when implemented in public elections, with horror stories in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, New York, Utah, Virginia and elsewhere. The practice has been backed by anti-Election Integrity megadonors financing a nationwide campaign intended to dramatically push our politics to the Left, to elevate Left-leaning politicians, and to weaken political parties to their benefit.

As designed, Ranked-Choice Voting manufactures a majority winner by routinely ‘exhausting’—or throwing out—thousands of ballots so candidates need only win a majority of the remaining votes, not a majority of all votes cast.

Provided here is a comprehensive list of RCV horror stories.

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The Election Transparency Initiative, a partnership between the American Principles Project (APP) and Susan B. Anthony (SBA) Pro-Life America, was organized to combat federal H.R. 1 and H.R. 4 legislation and advocate for state-based election reforms that voters can trust.