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      Legislation filed for early voting in Missouri

      The ranking minority member of the House Elections Committee Rep. Michael Frame (D-Eureka) filed legislation Monday that would establish an early voting process in Missouri.

      The Missouri General Assembly will consider the bill during the 2010 legislative session, which begins on Jan. 6.

      Under Frame TMs bill, voters could vote as early as three weeks prior to an election. This measure is similar to House Bill 49, which Frame filed for the 2009 legislative session.

      Frame said that early voting would boost voter participation and alleviate Election Day lines like it has in states that have adopted similar legislation.

      More than 30 states currently offer some form of early voting.

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