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Missouri lawmakers allowed to vote remotely

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Missouri elected officials will soon be allowed to vote remotely in meetings they do not physically attend.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports a 2004 law required local officials be "physically present and in attendance" to cast votes, unless there is an emergency and a quorum is physically present.

But now, officials will be able to video conference.  

The 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.

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