Missouri Senate Passes Voting Machine Phase-Out

2 years 9 months 3 weeks ago March 28, 2014 Mar 28, 2014 Friday, March 28 2014 Friday, March 28, 2014 4:22:00 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed a bill to require local election authorities to phase out the use of some electronic voting machines.

Under the measure, Missouri voters could only use an electronic ballot machine that produces a paper trail of marked votes.

The legislation allows other types of electronic voting machines currently in use to remain at polling places. But it prohibits local election authorities from replacing those machines because of a malfunction or wear and tear.

The bill, which passed with a 22-11 vote on Thursday, also declares the paper ballot as the official ballot of Missouri elections.

It is sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Nieves, of Washington, and now heads to the House.

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