Politics
4:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri House endorses early voting measures

 

The Capitol House floor. House members gave first-round approval Wednesday, April 16 to a constitutional amendment and companion bill as part of new early voting legislation.
Credit KBIA File Photo

The Missouri House has endorsed a pair of early voting measures, though some Democrats contend they could create confusion for a proposed initiative petition that seeks to go further in allowing advanced voting.

House members gave first-round approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment and companion bill. It would allow early voting for nine days, ending the week before state and federal elections. Polls would be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and four hours on Saturday. There will not be early voting on Sunday.

The initiative petition would allow early voting for six weeks, including weekends for the final 21 days.

Democratic critics say the House proposal is a "sham" and that politics are at play.