Missouri legislators approved numerous changes Thursday to local elections, including allowing voters to request absentee ballots by email. The omnibus measure won final approval in the Senate, 24-7, more than a week after the House passed it 139-6. The measure would also potentially reduce the amount of time candidates would have to get their names on ballots during special elections.
Senate leaders haven’t decided when to send the measure to Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who hasn’t indicated if he’ll sign it.
In a press release, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft praised the bill and said a provision that changes reimbursement deadlines would potentially reduce the amount of time local election officials would have to wait for money they were owed by the state.