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Secretary of State Cook Says Absentee Ballots Aren't Blind Votes

October 31, 2000
By: Seth Bachelier
State Capital Bureau

Many counties across the state show that the death of Mel Carnahan hasn't stopped people from sending in their absentee ballots. Seth Bachelier has more from Jefferson City.

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While Jean Carnahan decided Monday to run for the US Senate, Republicans turn to the implications of absentee ballots received when the position was open.

Some Republicans said by returning absentee ballots over the last two weeks, people were voting blindly.

Secretary of State Rebecca Cook disagrees.

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Contents: Cook argues that the issues are what's important, not the personality representing them. So, Carnahan's death shouldn't suppress any voters.

Cook also defended voters by saying that many people in the Democratic party have the same vision as Mel Carnahan did, thereby making all absentee ballots helpful.

From Jefferson City, I'm Seth Bachelier.


While Jean Carnahan decided to run for the US Senate two weeks after her husbands death, many Republicans are turning to the implications of absentee ballots received while the position was open. Seth Bachelier has more from Jefferson City.

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Many counties across the state show the number of absentee ballots cast over the last two weeks has remained constant.

But, some Republicans say they feel that people sending absentee ballots in recently have been voting blindly.

Secretary of State Rebecca Cook disagrees saying the issues are important, not the personalities representing them.

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Contents: Cook says many others see the same way Carnahan did, so it doesn't matter who takes the position, the vision will be the same.

Cook also said she was proud to cast an absentee ballot for Carnahan and she hopes people don't feel a vote for him is wasteful.

From Jefferson City, I'm Seth Bachelier.