By Joel Williams
Carson City, Missouri: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander recently created a commission to explore the possibility of early voting in the state. Missouri is currently one of eight states that does not allow early voting in any capacity. Kander is hoping for "[a]n affordable plan for early voting could help alleviate long lines at the polls on Election Day by adding a much-needed convenience for Missourians across the state.” The only way Missourians can get absentee ballots currently is to swear they are unable to go to the polls on Election Day, but the state lacks an early-voting period. Long polling lines in the 2012 general election are now forcing Kander to reconsider the early voting question due to voters' rights concerns.