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Bills would make voting more convenient

January 30, 2001
By: Erin Guyer
State Capital Bureau

Election Day foul-ups in St. Louis and other areas across the state are prompting lawmakers to propose changes to Missouri's voting system. Erin Guyer has the story from the state capitol.

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Voting made easy...that's the idea behind several House bills aimed at making voting more convenient. One bill proposes an early voting system that would allow voters to cast their ballot before election day and avoid long lines. Bill sponsor Representative Bill Skaggs says he was prompted to make the proposal after discovering that many voters lie in order to vote absentee.

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Contents: Skaggs says he was disappointed to discover how many people lie to obtain absentee ballots and avoid long polling place lines.

Representative Skaggs stresses that even if the bill is passed, participation would be at the discretion of individual counties.

From Jefferson City, I'm Erin Guyer...KMOX News.


Several Missouri state representatives want to make long polling place lines a thing of the past. Erin Guyer has the story from the state capitol.

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Overflowing polling places may be less of a concern if the House passes several bills aimed at making voting more convenient. One bill would allow voters to cast their votes up to 20 days before Election Day. The bill would allow counties to individually decide whether or not to participate in the early voting program. Those who oppose the legislation say voters may be confused if some counties vote early and others don't. Bill sponsor Representative Bill Skaggs from western Missouri says voter convenience is more important.

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Contents: Skaggs acknowledges that optional participation on a county-by-county basis may cause some confusion among voters, but feels the benefits of voting convenience are worth more.

12 states already offer early voting options and bill supporters think the plan would work well in Missouri.

From Jefferson City, I'm Erin Guyer...KMOX News.