The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 8, 2013

Joplin mayor named to state voting group

From staff reports

— Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert Kean has been named to a  state commission that will study early voting.

Secretary of State Jason Kander on Friday announced appointment of the commission, saying the goal of the group will be to evaluate the most efficient, fair and secure way to allow eligible Missouri residents to cast a ballot on election day. The commission will meet throughout February to discuss the merits of early voting and give citizens the opportunity to comment.

“We have to preserve security in our elections while increasing efficient access to eligible voters,” Kander said. “An affordable plan for early voting could help alleviate long lines at the polls on Election Day by adding a much-needed convenience for Missourians across the state.”

Several county clerks and other current and former elected officials have been named to the 11-member panel.