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Early voting push in Missouri continues to advance

Moving Kansas City’s election dates to later in the year could help voters and candidates in the future.
Moving Kansas City’s election dates to later in the year could help voters and candidates in the future. The Kansas City Star

People have been gathering petitions in the Kansas City area to put an early voting issue on the ballot in November.

Organizers expect to meet a May 4 deadline to submit thousands of signatures from throughout Missouri to finally make early voting possible for residents, The Kansas City Star reports. People can vote early using an absentee ballot.

But they have to cite a reason for being unable to get to the polls on Election Day such as being out of town or having surgery. If the proposal secures enough signatures and wins approval in November, Missouri would become the 33 state in addition to the District of Columbia to permit no-excuse early voting.

But following this liberal trend to increase civic participation in government runs against the conservative, Republican-dominated state General Assembly’s restrictive efforts to require voters to show government-provided photo identification cards. Call it the Missouri two-step: one step forward and two steps backward.

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