JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Election officials across Missouri will conduct a recount of the narrow passage of a constitutional amendment creating a "right to farm," as opponents of the measure seek to reverse the results.

Secretary of State Jason Kander announced the recount in a news release issued Tuesday. The recount was requested by Wes Shoemeyer on behalf of Missouri's Food for America.

The recount on Constitutional Amendment 1 is expected to begin in the coming days. The secretary of state on Monday was officially certifying the results of Missouri's Aug. 5 primary elections.

Those results show that voters approved the right-to-farm amendment by a margin of 2,490 votes out of nearly 1 million cast, a victory of one-quarter of a percentage point. Missouri law allows the losers to request a recount whenever the margin of victory is less than one-half of a percentage point.

Kander said the recount process would be documented on the state's website, with daily updates at 3 p.m. A team of staff members will also be trained and prepared to be dispatched across the state if needed, he said.

Local election officials will determine when recounts will take place in their areas, Kander said in the release. The recount must be certified by the secretary of state by Sept. 15, according to state law.

The amendment makes farming and ranching official constitutional rights, similar to existing protections for the freedoms of speech and religion. Missouri is just the second state, after North Dakota, to adopt such a measure. 

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