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A Proposed Bill May Split Missouri's Electoral Votes

January 10, 2001
By: Seth Bachelier
State Capital Bureau

In light of the past presidential election, one Missouri representative has filed a bill that would split up our electoral votes. Seth Bachelier has the story from Jefferson City...

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The argument for Gore supporters in Florida was simple, our votes aren't being counted.

So in Missouri, Democratic representative Juanita Walton has filed a bill that would split up the eleven electoral votes.

There would be nine separate electoral districts with the other two votes going to the candidate with the majority of the districts.

For all those who voted for Gore, Walton has something to say.

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OutCue: "their vote counted."
Contents: Walton says that because all eleven electoral votes went to Bush, the percentage who voted for Gore didn't count.

But, House Republican leader Catherine Hanaway says doing this would drive away presidential campaigning because fewer votes would be at stake.

From Jefferson City, I'm Seth Bachelier.


The controversy over the presidency late last year has one Missouri representative trying to make amends for Gore supporters. Seth Bachelier has the story from Jefferson City...

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Democratic representative Juanita Walton says she wants every vote to count.

So she has filed a bill that would split up Missouri's eleven electoral votes, doing away with the winner take all format.

The proposal calls for one electoral vote to be assigned to all nine congressional districts, with one vote going to the respective winner.

Then the two remaining electoral votes would go to the candidate with the majority of the nine districts.

But, House Republican leader Catherine Hanaway says she has a problem with this proposal.

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OutCue: "three electoral votes."
Contents: Hanaway says that this proposal would only make three electoral votes at stake with each campaign stop in the state.

Hanaway says that because candidates campaign where the most electoral votes are, Missouri would see less campaigning if this bill were made law.

From Jefferson City, I'm Seth Bachelier.