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Early voting, from mail-in to absentee, skyrocketed in Missouri this year.

In 2016, 282,150 Missourians voted by absentee ballot.

This year, as of October 29, 723,058 Missourians have already submitted their absentee ballots to local election authorities.

According to the Missouri Secretary of State website, 60,377 mail-In ballots and 733,389 absentee ballots were requested in 2020. About 60% more Missourians are voting by absentee this year.

Increased Mail-in Voting Comes With Obstacles

Oct 29, 2020


You’ve heard this since your grade-school civics classes. That Voting is one of the most important part of a democracy - it’s how you exercise your right,as a citizen.


And this election season, the sacred American act of voting has become embroiled in our nation’s politics - we have accusations of voter fraud, and others highlighting

disenfranchisement of some citizens who might have less access to ballots and voting booths.


Missouri NAACP Calls for Top Election Official to Resign

Mar 16, 2020
Voting sign outside polling place.
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The Missouri NAACP is calling for the state's top election official to step down. The NAACP on Friday asked for Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft to resign. 

The organization in part cited Ashcroft's recent criticism of Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas. Lucas is black. He struggled to vote Tuesday during the state's presidential primary and publicly complained about the process. That prompted Ashcroft to criticize Lucas.

Ashcroft says Lucas could have voted if he wanted to, and that his complaints might discourage people of color from voting.

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Missouri's top election official is asking lawmakers to overhaul the initiative petition process by charging fees to file them and verifying collected signatures.

The number of initiative petitions filed in the hopes of making it on the statewide ballot went from 15 a decade ago to 330 so far this year, the Kansas City Star reported.

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Missouri elected officials are pushing to expand state confidentiality programs that hide the home addresses of victims of domestic violence.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt introduced legislation Thursday to require federal agencies and courts to accept substitute addresses created through state programs.

Missouri is among 36 states with address confidentiality programs.

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Missouri Democrats are asking Gov. Eric Greitens to support their efforts to force the new leader of the state's consumer watchdog agency to resign.

House Democrats are pushing for the ouster of Dave Minnick, who was appointed last week by Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft to head of the secretary of state's securities division.

You could say that the Republican primary election for secretary of state is a choice between a familiar name and a familiar policymaker.

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Jay Ashcroft, a Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state, is pushing an initiative petition that would allow the Legislature to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

The St. Louis attorney filed a proposed constitutional amendment with the secretary of state's office on Thursday. This amendment would permit voter photo ID requirements.

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Republican Jay Ashcroft says he's running for Missouri secretary of state.