Missouri Senate passes electronic voter check-in bill

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 11:53 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has given final approval to legislation that lets election officials verify a voter's information using an electronic signature pad or identification system.

The measure now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon for approval.

The signature pads would have to be able to read information from a person's drivers' license or state identification card. Election officials could also enter the information by hand.

Supporters say the systems could help election officials check voters in more quickly. They say Greene County has already implemented such a system and that it should be expanded statewide.

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