Missouri House endorses candidate filing legislation

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 7:22 a.m. CST; updated 5:34 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 28, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation giving deployed military personnel and people with disabilities who seek elective office a chance to be listed first on the ballot.

Candidates filing on the first day must appear in person to participate in a number drawing for their ballot order. Those filing on subsequent days are listed in the order they file.

Deployed military members and people with disabilities can file by certified mail, but the law does not let them be in the drawing for the top ballot spot. The bill endorsed legislation Monday would let them send a proxy.

It was first House bill debated and needs another vote before moving to the Senate. Secretary of State Jason Kander backs the legislation.

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