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November election results are now official

Date: December 2, 2008
By: Abby Grimmett
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said there hasn't been any indication of a vote recount, but counties still have seven days to make a request.

Abigail Grimmett (GRIMM-it) has more from the State Capitol.

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The high voter turnout led to many close races across Missouri, which could call for a recount.
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Description: The law says if you get one percent of the vote, the person who comes in second can request a recount of the votes.

Five races in Missouri fell within the one percent margin, including the District 1 Senate race in St. Louis, with a difference of merely 76 votes.
Carnahan said she does not anticipate any recounts and that she was happy with the poll workers, turnout, and with the readiness of polling places.
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Abigail Grimmett.
Intro: Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says there are ways to improve the way you vote.

Abigail Grimmett (GRIMM-it) has more from the State Capitol.

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Now that Carnahan certified the November election results, she says her administration will now discuss plans to change the way Missourians cast their ballots.
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Description: There is no excuse that people ought to have to stand in long lines. In 35 other states voters get to vote in the weeks prior to election day and I think Missouri voters deserve that same convenience.
 

Carnahan and former Secretary of State Matt Blunt each proposed early voting, but it has been repeatedly turned down in the legislature. Carnahan said she has already discussed plans with Missouri's next Governor to push legislation for early voting. Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Abigail Grimmett. \
Intro: The November 4 election results are finally official and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said the long time between the polls and certification is a part of the process.

Abigail Grimmett (GRIMM-it) has more from the State Capitol.

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According to state law, local election officials have two weeks to verify vote totals, then the Secretary of State's office has until December 9 to certify the results. Carnahan said she is pleased with the turnout of this year's results.
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Description: All of the provisional ballots and everything else absentee ballots that may not have had a chance been able to be counted on election night. That's why it's been a little longer than in the past to get all these results into our office.

Missouri's 11 electors plan to meet at the State Capitol on December 15 to cast their ballots for President and Vice President - a race separated by less than four thousand votes in Missouri. Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Abigail Grimmett.

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