FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 04, 2010
Contact: Laura Egerdal, (573) 526-0949
Contact: Abe Rakov, (573) 526-4734
Initiative Petition Relating to Early Voting Approved for Circulation for 2010 Ballot
Jefferson City, Missouri – Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that a new initiative petition met state standards for circulation. The petition would amend the Missouri Revised Statutes relating to early voting.
The ballot title for the petition reads:
Shall Missouri law be amended to:
- expand options for voters by allowing them to cast ballots in person prior to federal general elections without the current absentee ballot excuse requirement; and
- make it illegal to cast such an early ballot and to vote at the polls for the same election?
State governmental entities will incur estimated costs of $1,436,250 or more in fiscal year 2013 (one-time costs of $705,000 and on-going costs for each federal general election of $731,250). It is estimated there is no cost to local governmental entities since costs of the proposal shall be paid by the state.
The petition, which would amend Chapter 115 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, was submitted by Ms. Jo Sapp, 1025 Hickory Hill Drive, Columbia, MO 65203.
Before any statutory changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2010 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to five (5) percent of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts.
Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2010 ballot are due to the Secretary of State's office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 2, 2010.
Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the Secretary of State and Attorney General. The Secretary of State then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words and the State Auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the Attorney General. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.
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