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The Missouri Secretary of State predicts that only 40 percent of Missourians will vote.  MU Professor of Political Science Marvin Overby thinks age could be a factor in the low numbers.

“Older people tend to have more essentially at stake in a given election," Overby said. "Especially when there are matters on the ballot like taxes, raising homeowner rates. Younger people are less likely to have a financial investment in a community, less likely to be taxpayers and therefore find themselves less motivated to vote.”

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If you want to run for statewide office, your time to file is running out. Candidates must file paperwork by 5 p.m. Tuesday to appear on Missouri's August primary ballot.

The top office on this year's ballot will be state auditor. So far, Republican incumbent Tom Schweich doesn't face much opposition. No Republican or Democrat has filed against him. His only challenger at the start of Tuesday was Constitution Party candidate Rodney Farthing.

Missouri's ballot will include races for half the state Senate and all of Missouri's U.S. and state House seats.

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  Missouri voters would be required to show photo identification before casting ballots under legislation endorsed by the Missouri House today.

The House gave first-round approval to two measures that would enact the requirement. One is a state constitutional amendment that would require a photo ID during elections. The other bill would actually implement this requirement.

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A Missouri state senator is proposing to let voters cast absentee ballots if they're responding to a disaster on an election day.

Democrat Scott Sifton, of St. Louis, introduced his measure yesterday. He says the bill is in response to how close Hurricane Sandy came to the 2012 elections.

The bill would let Missouri voters responding to a disaster anywhere in the U.S. request an absentee ballot until 5 p.m. the Monday before an election. Those workers would be able to request a ballot even if the traditional absentee deadline has passed.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation on fees for certain types of loans and on voting by elected officials during public meetings.

The two bills were among four vetoed by Nixon on Tuesday.

Nixon criticized the measure that would have raised the fees that lenders could charge for payday, title and consumer installment loans. The Democratic governor said the bill would have helped payday lenders increase their profits at the expense of people struggling with debt.

Higher initiative fraud penalties passes Mo. Senate

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People who fraudulently sign petitions for ballot initiatives could face stiffer penalties under legislation passed by the Missouri Senate.

Senators voted 30-3 Thursday for a bill that would make petition signature fraud a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of between $1,000 and $25,000.

Violators currently can face a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The legislation now goes to the House.

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The day after the Presidential Election, Missouri’s Secretary of State’s office published a list indicating how many voters came out to the polls. The list gives numbers all the way down to a county level, and statewide, it estimates voter turnout at 65.7%. That statewide figure is calculated based on the number of registered voters and votes cast. John Petrocik is a professor at MU.  He says that method of counting voters doesn’t accurately record the percentage of the total population that votes.

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During the day on Tuesday, Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia will function as a polling place. But after the polls close, Pastor Kevin Glenn hopes to bring voters from all different perspectives together.

  “People of faith have become known more for their political affiliation than for their proclamation of the way of Jesus and his ethic of unconditional love,“ he said.

Voting is officially getting under way for Missouri's primary elections.

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As of now, Missouri voters will not be voting this November on a measure that would require photo identification at the polls. That’s following a court ruling issued earlier this week.

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Birth records for presidential and vice presidential candidates would need to be publicly available for those appearing on Missouri ballots.

Missouri lawmakers are trying again to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

House members Tuesday gave first-round approval to the photo-ID requirement by a 104-54 vote. The measure needs another vote before moving to the Senate.

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Boone County is collaborating with MU and the Secretary of State to develop new voting system technologies for military and overseas voters.