Election reform moves closer to approval at the Capitol as the House approves its version and sends the bill back to the Senate. It didn’t pass a year ago when some suggested the emotion of the 2000 presidential election overshadow attempts of reform. It now needs only agreement between the two chambers in the next couple of days to pass. Even with the extra year, the ghosts of 2000 haunt the bill. Representative May Scheve of St. Louis unsuccessfully moved to ban butterfly ballots in Missouri. Supporters say some election officials say they need those ballots. The House does approve Representative Robert Clayton of Hannibal’s proposal to move Missouri’s presidential primary from March to Frebruary. The Senate sponsor expects to reach a compromise by Friday.
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