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Butterfly Ballots Banned?

January 29, 2001
By: Karyn Dest
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's Secretary of State says he wants to ban a controversial kind of ballot. Karyn Dest reports from Jefferson City.

Secretary of State Matt Blunt released a report Monday containing 26 legislative recommendations. One of those recommendations? Get rid of the so-called "butterfly" ballot.

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OutCue: "a butterfly ballot"
Contents: "So we're calling for the prohibition of the butterfly ballot except for cases where the local election authorities specifically seek and receive approval from this office to have a butterfly ballot."

Other recommendations include allowing touch-screen voting and urging Congress to make Veteran's Day coincide with Election Day.


Election Day? Try election days. Missouri's Secretary of State pushes for early balloting. Karyn Dest reports from Jefferson City.

Secretary of State Matt Blunt says moving to an extended election day system -- or, early voting -- will insure more convenience for voters.

Actuality:Matt Blunt
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OutCue: "for early voting"
Contents: "I believe today that the thing, the number one thing, that we can do to make it easier to vote in this state without sacrificing the integrity of the election process is to allow for early voting."

The early voting proposal is just one of 26 recommendations from a bipartisan election commission. Other recommendations include touch-screen computer voting and elimination of so-called "butterly punch ballots."