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Senator Anita Yeckel introduces election reform

January 28, 2002
By: Sara Lane
State Capital Bureau

Senator Anita Yeckel is pushing for election reform that could prevent a mess like what happened in St. Louis in November of 2000.

Sara Lane has more from Jefferson City.

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Senator Yeckel's bill would force voters to show photo I-Ds to be able to vote.

And it would allow provisional ballots for those whose voting eligibility was questioned.

Representative Jim Seigfreid of Marshall is sponsoring the corresponding house bill, which does not contain those two measures.

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OutCue: "...pay for it."
Contents: Seigfreid says he is concerned about those two measures and the wording on the two must be very specific to be allowed.

Both the senate and house bills allow people to vote up to 14 days before the election, and allow election judges to come from other counties.


St. Louis County Senator Anita Yeckel is working on election reform.

Her bill could fix the election mess St. Louis experienced in November 2000.

Sara Lane has the story from Jefferson City.

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Senator Yeckel announced a bipartisan election reform bill that would force people to show picture I-Ds before voting.

Representative Jim Seigfreid from Marshall is sponsoring the House version of the bill.

But he is concerned some voters don't have photo I-Ds.

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OutCue: "...satisfy everybody."
Contents: Seigfreid says you can't make voters pay for an I-D to be able to vote.

Yeckel's senate bill also allows provisional ballots.


A new Senate bill could fix St. Louis' election problems.

Sara Lane has more from Jefferson City.

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Senator Anita Yeckel from St. Louis County is sponsoring the bill that could provide more election judges, and reduce lines at the polls.

The bill includes measures that allow people to vote up to 14 days before an election, and allow judges to come from other counties.

The bill did not pass last year, but Yeckel still thinks it's worthwhile.

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OutCue: "...the general election"
Contents: Yeckel says it's most important for the general election because these problems will persist.

A similar bill is being introduced in the House.


A senate bill proposed by Anita Yeckel could change elections in Missouri. But there are some concerns.

Sara Lane has more from the Capitol.

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Yeckel's bill would allow people to fill out provisional ballots if their voter registration is questioned.

The ballots would be set aside to be validated and counted later.

But Representative Jim Seigfreid from Marshall says the ballots could cause more problems than they help.

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OutCue: "...can be used."
Contents: Seigfreid says in St. Louis the provisional ballots could cause tie-ups and more problems than they solve.

Yeckel's bill also forces people to show picture I-Ds to vote.