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House Speaker Tim Jones has appointed a local state representative to the House Interim Committee on Election Procedure.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Joe Don McGaugh:

Joe Don McGaugh

McGaugh said they will look at some bills that didn’t get passed this year.  The committee will likely consider the issue of federal requirements for updates to voting equipment.

“We’re trying to come up with a plan to help smaller communities like Ray, Carroll, and Chariton Counties to help pay for these new machines that may be mandated in the future,” said McGaugh, “And then there’s always the ongoing issue of photo IDs for voting.  And also Secretary of State Jason Kander has pushed us to explore early voting, so there’s a few things we’re going to try to work on.”

Meeting dates for the committee have not been scheduled at this time.

Press Release from the office of Representative McGaugh

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Joe Don McGaugh will work with a panel of his colleagues in the coming months to look for ways to strengthen and preserve Missouri’s elections process. McGaugh was selected by House Speaker Tim Jones to serve as a member of the newly-created House Interim Committee on Election Procedure.

“We have some significant looming problems within our elections process that must be addressed sooner rather than later,” said Jones, R-Eureka. “My goal is for the committee to look at ways to clean up our elections laws so that they are up-to-date and not duplicative.”

Jones asked McGaugh and the members of the committee to use the interim to discuss and develop a plan to remove old, outdated laws and to remove duplicative language from Missouri statutes. He also has asked committee to develop options to replace worn-out voting equipment used by many of Missouri’s election authorities. Jones said many areas are still using dilapidated machines that were first purchased more than a decade ago through federal funds provided by the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

McGaugh said he is anxious to get to work with his fellow committee members to improve Missouri’s elections process. “I am honored that the Speaker has given me this opportunity to look at how our voting process works so that we can find ways to improve. Our goal is to put Missouri on a path toward having the best elections process in the country,” said McGaugh, R-Carrollton, who also serves as a member of the House Elections Committee.

State Rep. Sue Entlicher, R-Bolivar, will chair the committee and will be assisted by state Rep. Gary Cross, R-Lee’s Summit, who will serve as vice chairman. Other members of the committee include: Reps. John Diehl, R-Town and Country; Tony Dugger, R-Hartville; Myron Neth, R-Liberty; Dave Muntzel, R-Boonville; Bryan Spencer, R-Wentzville; Mike Colona, D-St. Louis; Randy Dunn, D-Kansas City ; and Stacey Newman, D-St. Louis.