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Opponents ask Missouri high court to overturn vote creating constitutional right to farm


JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — Opponents of a new Missouri constitutional amendment creating a right to farm have asked the state Supreme Court to overturn the election results.

A legal challenge filed Tuesday with the state's highest court contends the ballot summary presented to voters was misleading and inaccurate.

Constitutional Amendment 1 passed by a margin of just 2,375 votes out of nearly 1 million cast in an August election.

It makes Missouri the second state besides North Dakota to place farming rights in its constitution.

The ballot said the measure ensures "the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices."

The legal challenge says that was misleading because the rights are not limited to Missouri citizens but could apply to any farmer or rancher, including a foreign-owned corporation.

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