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Election Committee Discusses Changes for Voting

November 16, 2001
By: Sarah Molina
State Capital Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri voters might have to present more proof of identification at the voting booth under one of the proposals reviewed by a special legislative committee Friday.

Just a few weeks before initial proposals for legislation are due, the Missouri House of Representatives Interim Committee on Election Reform and Ballot Access met Friday to discuss possible changes to voting procedures in the state.

Under the direction of Rep. James Seigfreid, D-Marshall, the committee agreed on several possible changes to the language on elections to present to the Speaker of the House.

These included the tightening of identification requirements at the polls and prosecution by the Attorney General for violations; allowing independents and other political parties to work at the polls; and more education for election judges.

In addition, the committee is currently discussing the possiblity of uniform counting standards. This is an effort to avoid a situation like Florida had in the 2000 presidential election.

A subcommittee was also appointed. It is scheduled to meet with the subcommittee of the Senate for further discussion on Dec. 5. They plan to propose early legislation sometime next month.