Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Missouri bill would allow overseas online military voting - Columbia Missourian

Missouri bill would allow overseas online military voting - Columbia Missourian:

Military members and their families living overseas would be able to vote online under a proposal by a former St. Louis County election official.

Rep. John Diehl, the former St. Louis County elections chairman, said spotty mail service, especially in combat areas, effectively disenfranchises many members of the military.

'Mail service, especially mail service in the military, is not exactly the model of efficiency,' the Republican from Town and Country said Tuesday.

Diehl said between 50,000 and 60,000 military and civilian voters from Missouri live overseas. In the 2006 election, roughly 7,700 requested absentee ballots and about 3,300 of those were cast.

The House Elections Commission heard testimony on the bill Tuesday but did not vote on it.

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