Missouri's official state manual has been banished to the Internet for the past few years. But it could make a return to print.
The Legislature has sent the governor a bill that would let the secretary of state's office share the electronic publication with a nonprofit organization, which would then print it and distribute to the public.
Known as the "Blue Book," the Official Manual of the State of Missouri contains information about public officials, state agencies, local governments, elections, political parties and various other things.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has given an "excellent" rating to the office of former Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.
Carnahan's term ended in January, and the state auditor routinely reviews offices when executives leave.
Schweich's report found no problems with the office's oversight of significant financial functions, no legal violations and nothing lacking in its management procedures. The "excellent" rating is the highest available on Schweich's four-level assessment chart.
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander said that some businesses are receiving a phony letter that appears to come from his office.
Kander's office said the letter comes from an entity called Corporate Records Service. He said it falsely suggests Missouri businesses have to complete a certain form and pay a $125 fee.
Kander said the letter looks official but is not from his office. Any official correspondence from the Secretary of State's Office will contain the Missouri state seal and contact information for its Corporations Division.
Numbers released by the Missouri Secretary of State’s office show 65.7 percent of registered voters across the state, or approximately 2.7 million people, turned out for this year's presidential election. That’s a decrease from the record number of participants in the 2008 presidential election, where a record 2.9 million voters (69.4 percent of registered voters) turned out.
In the August primary, Boone County had the lowest voter turnout rate of any county in Missouri at 16.7 percent.
Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 7:09 pm
It took about 18 hours to tally the results, but Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) appears to have won the Republican primary for Missouri Secretary of State.
It was a close race the whole night, with fellow GOP contenders Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) and Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) occasionally grabbing the lead – but in the end Schoeller came in first with 35.3 percent of the vote. The Secretary of State's office confirmed the unofficial results shortly after 1:00 p.m. today.
“We sensed that we had the number of votes we needed, but we didn’t want to declare victory until the final results came in and we were confident that they would trend our way, and we’re just grateful that they did," Schoeller said.