Aided in part by Attorney General Chris Koster, supporters of an early-voting period in Missouri are gathering petition signatures in a quest to put the issue on the November ballot. A campaign treasurer said Monday that organizers are using a mixture of professional petition circulators and volunteers and are committed to meeting a May 4 deadline to submit the thousands of required signatures from registered voters. “If there is a spectrum of 1-10, with 10 being initiative efforts that are serious and plan to be on the ballot in 2014, we’re a 10,” said Matthew Dameron, the treasurer for the Missouri Early Voting Fund.
Dameron is a former chief of staff to Koster. He said the Democratic attorney general has provided advice in his political capacity to early-voting supporters about how to organize a statewide campaign.
Koster is not on the ballot in 2014 but is planning to run for governor in 2016, which is when the early voting period could take effect.
Missourians currently can cast absentee ballots only under limited circumstances, such as if they swear they will be unable to make it to the polls on Election Day because they will be out of town or are incapacitated by illness or disability.