Missouri elected officials soon will be allowed to vote remotely in meetings they do not physically attend.
State lawmakers last week override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation permitting votes to be cast during meetings through videoconferencing. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/18GgJ1U ) a 2004 law required local officials to be "physically present and in attendance" to cast votes unless there is an emergency and a quorum is physically present.
The videoconference voting legislation was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, of St. Louis, who says Missouri is trying to be more efficient. She says many local officials are volunteers and that they should be allowed to vote during a meeting if their job forces them to be out-of-town.