Missouri Senate votes down election law changes

Thursday, May 12, 2011 | 4:44 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has narrowly defeated a measure to eliminate February and June as months for public elections.

The proposal was part of a larger elections bill that the Senate voted down 17-16 on Thursday.

Republican Sen. Will Kraus of Lee's Summit said eliminating February and June elections would reduce costs for local governments. But other senators argued that election-date decisions should be left to local officials.

School districts sometimes hold elections on tax measures in February and June.

The bill would also have allowed the absentee votes of people who die before election day to be counted and abolished a requirement that party emblems appear on ballots.

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