Missouri early voting initiative cleared for circulation
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri: Missourians may be voting a little earlier following the 2012 elections should a proposed initiative successfully qualify for the statewide ballot. Proposed by Matt Cologna of Springfield, Missouri, the Missouri Early Voting Initiative made it one step closer on January 5 as the Missouri Secretary of State cleared the initiative for petition circulation.
To qualify for the ballot, the initiative requires signatures from registered voters equal to 8% of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts. Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2012 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.
Specifically, the initiative would allow for early voting in person on federal general elections without an absentee ballot excuse requirement.
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