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Missouri appeals court gets early voting challenge

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 7:54 a.m. CDT; updated 9:24 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 29, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri appeals court has set a Sept. 12 hearing on a challenge to a ballot measure authorizing a limited early voting period.

The state Court of Appeals' Western District approved an expedited schedule for the case after a Cole County judge on Monday rejected a challenge to the ballot wording.

At issue is a measure placed on the November ballot by the Republican-led legislature that would allow a six-day early voting period before future general elections. The measure prohibits voting on weekends or after regular business hours.

A lawsuit filed by an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union contends the ballot summary is misleading because it fails to say early voting would be allowed only during regular business hours and only if funded by the legislature.


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