Senate bill lets proxy file for some candidates

Friday, February 7, 2014 | 6:41 a.m. CST; updated 10:37 a.m. CST, Friday, February 7, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has advanced legislation allowing stand-ins for certain political candidates when they file for office.

The bill would let people who are on active military duty or have disabilities appoint others to take their places in line at a filing venue.

Thursday's 32-0 Senate vote sent the measure to the House, which passed a similar bill earlier this year.

Candidates on active duty in the military or with a physical disability would have to file for an election by mail. The legislation would then let a candidate's representative show up in-person to pick a number, which is used to establish the ballot order.

Filing for Missouri's August party primaries runs this year from Feb. 25 through March 25.

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