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Nixon sues website

November 2, 2000
By: Michelle Wirth
State Capital Bureau

If you wanted to sell your vote online to the highest bidder Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon says no. Nixon filed a lawsuit against vote-auction.com taking it temporarily offline. Michelle Wirth has more from Jefferson City.

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The Austrian based web site allowed US citizens to sell their vote to the highest bidder. Attorney General spokesman Scott Holste says hundreds of Missouri voters promised to sell their votes.

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Contents: We wanted to put a stop to the claims that this was a legal business. So we went to court on Wednesday and received a temporary restraining order.

A hearing will be held later this month to determine whether the site will be shut down permanently. Wisconsin, Illinois, and Massachusetts have also taken legal action against vote-auction.com. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.


Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon temporarily shuts down a web site selling Missouri votes.

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The Austrian based web site Vote-auction.com provides a forum for US voters to sell their vote to the highest bidder. Nixon's spokesman Scott Holste says it's illegal in Missouri to buy or sell votes.

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Contents: We wanted to put a stop to the claim that this was a legal business. So we went to court on Wednesday and received a temporary restraining order.

Holste adds that hundreds of Missouri residents registered to sell their votes. A hearing will be held later this month to determine the fate of vote-auction.com.