Mo. Sec. Of State Kander Urges House To Take Up Early Voting Legislation

Mar 26, 2013

Missouri Secretary of State  Jason Kander is urging House Speaker Tim Jones to take up early voting initiatives.

Kander wrote a letter today in response to an interview Jones gave earlier this month in which Jones questioned the importance of early voting.

Kander asked Jones to assign a Republican early voting bill to a committee, saying the issue has had bipartisan support over the years.

“We’re one of only 15 states in the country that doesn’t have some form of early voting,” Kander stated in a phone interview. “So Missourians want a fair, secure and convenient way for eligible voters to cast a ballot. This legislation, which was filed by a Republican and supported by a Democratic Secretary of State, gives them that opportunity.”

Kander formed a bipartisan Early Voting Commission that has approved a plan to make early voting less expensive than an effort endorsed by former Governor Matt Blunt more than a decade ago. Kander says that the legislation would only cost Missouri $100,000 over a four year period and would limit satellite locations for early voting to counties with more than 175,000 registered voters.