Missouri wants its soldiers stationed overseas to rely on their emails to vote in the upcoming election. Sherman Fabes has more from Jefferson City.
Wrap: Eighteen days.
That's how long it can take for direct mail to get from Missouri to overseas military personnel.
It's how the state has been getting service members to vote.
But not anymore.
The state's e-mailing ballots to the men and women of the armed forces this year.
Secretary of State's office spokeswoman Laura Egerdal says it'll cut the time in half.
|Description: "We had feedback from the national gaurd and veterans and other military organizations in making sure that this legislation would really meet the needs of our service members who are living overseas."|
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said about 51 percent of Missouri's registered voters will actually vote. Sherman Fabes has more from Jefferson City.
Wrap: There are more than four million registered voters in the state.
Missouri State University political science profesor Brian Calfano, says that Carnahan's predictions may well be too low.
He says the turnout may hit 56 percent, thanks to the Tea Party movement.
|Description: "There's a good number folks, especially in the southwest part of the state, who have somewhat aligned with this tea party movement, and given that it seems as though that there is a bit of an intensity there that has not been there in previous cycles."|
Secretary of State's office spokeswoman Laura Egerdal rejected a request to interview the Director of Elections, saying she was too busy preparing for next week's election.
From Jefferson City, I'm Sherman Fabes.