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House Passes Bill to Allow Internet Voting

April 21, 1998
By: Lucas Wall
State Capital Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY - Missourians stationed overseas would have a new way to vote under a bill resurrected and passed Tuesday by the House of Representatives.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Charlie Fritts, D-Butler, would authorize the secretary of state to establish a pilot project to allow overseas military personnel to transmit their votes via the Internet. The test would be run in cooperation with the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Secretary of State Rebecca Cook and Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren are among supporters of this bill who said it would improve the voting process for troops serving abroad. The two-year trial project also would provide an opportunity for Missouri to be on the forefront of voting technology, supporters said.

Opponents argued the security of the Internet has not been proven and it would not be wise to start using the network for voting.

The bill, which failed last week, passed 82-64 Tuesday and has been sent to the Senate.

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