Missouri House committee considers early voting

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 | 12:44 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri voters could cast ballots three weeks in advance under a proposal being considered by a House committee.

The legislation would allow for two weeks of early voting during federal elections, with a weeklong break before Election Day. Polls would be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and until noon on Saturdays.

Supporters say early voting is more convenient for busy voters, who simply might decide not to vote.

Critics of the bill dispute the bill's estimated yearly cost of about $200,000. They say many rural counties would want additional early voting sites, driving up the state's obligation.

The House Elections Committee heard testimony on the bill Tuesday but did not take a vote.


Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.