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Florida Conflict May Change Missouri Law

November 28, 2000
By: Seth Bachelier
State Capital Bureau

With all of the election challenges and lawsuits in Florida, Missouri lawmakers are opening their eyes to the possibility of changing legislation. Seth Bachelier has the story from Jefferson City...

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Even though hand recounts weren't called for in Missouri, they would have created the same problems.

43 counties across the state still use punch card ballots and current Secretary of State spokesman Jim Grebing recognizes the issue.

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Contents: Jim Grebing says that Missouri has no law regarding the manual counting of ballots.

Newly elected Secretary of State elect Matt Blunt will take office in January.

Blunt says the first thing he will do in office is review every election statute with an advisory board.

He says his goals are to bring together experienced election officials to work out any problems and to bring new election technology to the state.

From Jefferson City, I'm Seth Bachelier.


The election problems in Florida may be a cause for Missouri to change its voting system. Seth Bachelier has the story from Jefferson City...

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Missouri, like Florida, doesn't have any specific laws on how to conduct hand recounts.

And with 43 counties across the state still using punch card ballots, a manual recount would have raised the same questions.

Secretary of State elect Matt Blunt says the first thing he will do in office is put together an advisory board to scrutinize Missouri's election laws.

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Contents: Matt Blunt says that he plans to look over every statute and help bring new election technology to Missouri.

The most favorable advancement appears to be optical scanners.

Currently, 62 counties in the state use ballots that are filled out with number two pencils then scanned to tabulate the results.

From Jefferson City, I'm Seth Bachelier.