The 2013 session has come and gone, and Missouri still has no law allowing advance voting. According to one 2012 tally, 32 of the 50 states have a system that allows voters to cast ballots prior to Election Day. Kansas is one of those 32 states. But not Missouri, although both Democratic and Republican secretaries of state, who serve as the state’s chief elections officer, have pushed for it in the last decade.
The office of the current secretary of state, Democrat Jason Kander, is reporting progress on the issue this session. A Republican, Myron Neth of Liberty, sponsored legislation this year to permit early voting. Republicans control both the House and Senate in Jefferson City.
Traditionally, the Missouri GOP has been reluctant to move to an early voting system.