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St. Louis City Planned To Count Votes of Dead People

October 28, 2004
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

St. Louis City planned to count votes of dead people on November 2nd, but state law intervened. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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Across Missouri, thousands of people are casting absentee ballots.

Missouri law requires election officials to discount those ballots if the official knows the voter has died before election day.

St. Louis City Election Director James O'Toole had different plans.

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Contents: "We wouldn't discount somebody's vote just because they passed and they've already sent their absentee ballot in because they filled it out before they passed."

O'Toole changed his mind after being informed about the law.

He said St. Louis City will carefully monitor votes.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.

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As thousands of Missourians cast absentee ballots, St. Louis City planned to count the ballots of people who died before election day. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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St. Louis City Election Director James O'Toole said he planned to count absentee ballots of people who died before November 2nd.

Missouri law requires election officials to discount those ballots if the official knows the voter has died before election day.

Secretary of State Spokesman Chuck Pryor.

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Contents: "Local juristictions are to...I mean if they know of, if they are aware of the fact that someone has passed away after casting an absentee ballot, they are required to remove that."

After being informed about the law, O'Toole said St. Louis City will carefully monitor votes.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.

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St. Louis City planned to count votes of dead people on November 2nd, but state law intervened. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

Story:
RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

Across Missouri, thousands of people are casting absentee ballots.

St. Louis City Election Director James O'Toole planned to count absentee ballots of people who died before election day.

Actuality:
RunTime:
OutCue:
Contents: "We wouldn't discount somebody's vote just because they passed and they've already sent their absentee ballot in because they filled it out before it passed."

Missouri law requires election officials to discount those ballots.

Secretary of State Spokesman Chuck Pryor.

Actuality:
RunTime:
OutCue:
Contents: "Local jurisdictions are to...I mean if they know of, if they are aware of the fact that someone has passed away after casting an absentee ballot, they are required to move that."

O'Toole changed his mind after being informed about the law.

He said St. Louis City will carefully monitor votes.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.