As you can see, this ballot issue does not create an Office of Assessor-Recorder, or name the Assessor as Recorder, or make the Recorder a mayoral appointment. It seeks to eliminate the office and title of Recorder of Deeds, which, under Missouri law, means the Assessor could not record deeds, issue Marriage Licenses, or make certified copies of Marriage Licenses or deeds. This ballot issue is poorly written and never should have been circulated as an initiative petition.
St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners is unable to certify the ballot for the April 4th General Election because of a law suit. Independent candidate Kacey Cordes brought suit against the Board of Election for denying her placement on the ballot because she did not turn in 488 valid nominating signatures. In fact, she turned in no signatures.
On Monday, March 13th the Circuit Court rejected Cordes’ arguments but Cordes says she will appeal.
3/13/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Judge rules against candidate attempting to get on mayoral ballot
3/13/2017 St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis mayoral hopeful loses lawsuit to get on April ballot
3/10/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: City says letting candidate on ballot without gathering signatures would set chaotic precedent
3/7/2-17 Riverfront Times: Kacey Cordes Sues St. Louis Election Board to Enter Mayoral Race
2/14/2017 Riverfront Times: An Election Law Battle Is Brewing Around Kacey Cordes’ Mayoral Campaign