Carnahan pushes for early voting in Missouri

ST. LOUIS | Early voting proved popular around the country this year, and Missouri's top election official says she wants the Show-Me State to follow suit.

Nationwide, an estimated one-third of voters cast ballots before Tuesday.

Missouri has absentee voting for six weeks prior to the election, but those voters must explain why they can't vote on Election Day. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said today that in addition to absentee voting, she will ask the legislature to add early voting during the final two weeks before the election.

Republican state Rep. Bill Deeken of Jefferson City is a member of the House Elections Committee, and a former county clerk in Cole County. Rather than adopt early voting, he favors a no-excuse-required refinement for absentee voting.