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Missouri senators vote to override veto of bill allowing small towns to cancel some elections


JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — Missouri senators have voted to override a veto of legislation that could allow small cities to cancel some local elections.

The bill would allow cities of 1,000 or fewer residents to cancel elections if the number of candidates who file matches the number of vacancies. In such cases, the candidates simply could take office.

The Senate's vote Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto sends the bill to the House, which must get a two-thirds majority vote to finalize the veto override.

Nixon vetoed the bill because he said it could preclude a write-in candidate from later qualifying for the ballot in more than 650 small towns.

For cities to use the election opt-out, they would first have to win approval of the policy from local voters.

Election bill is SB593.



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