Legislature to Study Early Voting, But Not for This Year
By Bill Raack, KWMU
St. Louis – A legislative committee will look into the issue of early voting in Missouri. House speaker Catherine Hanaway announced the formation of the panel Thursday.
This week, a circuit judge told the city of St. Louis that it could not offer early voting this November.
Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt opposed the city's plans. Speaker Hanaway says the new committee's work will be non-partisan.
"The county clerks were the ones who weighed in heavily the last time it was up for consideration and they said please don't give us this mandate unless you're going to give us some money to go with it," Hanaway said. "And some county clerks support early voting, some don't. And so it really is a matter of working with that group to find a form for making it easier for people to vote that they can all live with."
Hanaway says she hopes the committee will make recommendations to the legislature in January.
Hanaway is also running for Secretary of State, the top election official in Missouri, against Democrat Robin Carnahan.