- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Small Missouri towns could soon have a way to cancel local elections that lack competition.

The state House on Thursday overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that will allow cities of 1,000 or fewer residents to call off elections if the number of candidates who file matches the number of vacancies. In such cases, the candidates simply could take office.

The Senate had voted to override the veto on Wednesday.

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.



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Election bill is SB593

Online:

Senate: https://www.senate.mo.gov

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