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Hanaway appoints committee to study early voting

February 9, 2004
By: Aidian Holder
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri House of Representatives takes up the issue of early voting just days after a judge ruled against allowing it this year.

Aidian Holder has the story.

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Earlier this year, the state legislature passed a law allowing Missourians go to the polls up to two weeeks before election day.

But earlier this week, a judge said Missouri didn't have to implement it this year.

Now House Speaker Catherine Hanaway has formed a special interim committee to study the issue and see how early voting can be implemented in the future.

Hanaway says she supports early voting, but she says she worries about the impact on local election officers.

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Contents: I think one of the most important missions of this special committee is to gather information from the local jurisdictions about how it will impact them and what it will cost.

Hanaway is running for Secretary of State against Democratic state representative Robin Carnahan.

Carnahan faults Hanaways for taking so long...but says better late than never.

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Contents: Early voting is something that should have gotten Speaker Hanaway's attention two years ago when she had the opportunity to do it. So it's too bad it didn't happen then but it's good that it's now a high agenda item and I want to see it get done.

While early voting won't be available to Missourians this year, many are already voting early with their absentee ballots.

Absentee voters can cast their ballots as early as September 23rd.

From the State Capitol, I'm Aidian Holder.

Missouri's Speaker of the House appointed a special committee to work on allowing early voting in Missouri elections.

Aidian Holder reports

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Earlier this week, a judge ruled that a new law allowing voters to go to the polls up to two weeks before election day didn't have to be implemented this year.

Now House Speaker Catherine Hanway has appointed a special interim committee to look into implementing the law for future elections.

Hanaway says she supports early voting, but is worried about the impact on local election officials.

Hanaway, a republican from Warson Woods, is running for secretary of state, the state's chief election official.

Her Democratic rival Robin Carnahan faults Hanaway for waiting so long.

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Contents: I think this early voting thing is something that should have gotten Speaker Hanaway's attention two years ago when she had a chance to do it.

But better late than never.

Carnahan says she's happy it's on the agenda now.

From the State Capitol, I'm Aidian Holder.