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Ill. Early Voting Underway, Mo. Gaining Momentum

Maria Keena
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX/AP) - Early voting for the March 18 primary begins across Illinois on Monday. Meanwhile, supporters of an early voting period in Missouri are gathering petition signatures in a quest to put the issue on the November ballot.

Matt Dameron, Treasurer of the Missouri Early Voting Fund and former Chief of Staff for Attorney General Chris Koster, says organizers are using a mixture of professional petition circulators and volunteers.

“In Missouri, we think of election day as (a) 10 or 12 hour time period set for on one day out of the year and if Missourians adopt early voting, they will be able to cast their ballots prior to the election day,” says Dameron.

He says for the first several weeks, early voting would occur during regular weekday business hours. But the final three weeks, early voting would have to be accommodated on Saturdays and Sundays.

State Auditor Tom Schweich’s website estimates the cost to local governments could be $2.5 million for start-up costs plus ongoing costs from over $800,000 to $9.5 million.

When KMOX contacted Schweich’ office, we were advised by Spence Jackson that the auditor did not want to comment on the cost estimates.

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