The Senate has endorsed legislation by Republican Senator Brian Nieves that could possibly change how Missouri voters cast their ballots. The legislation has been given first-round approval, but needs one more Senate vote before moving to the House. The law will require local election authorities to phase out the use of electronic voting machines. The touch screen method would be gone. The bill says when the current machines break, they can’t be repaired or replaced.
The Republican Director of Elections for St. Louis, Gary Stoff, says the city uses two types of electronic machines: a touch screen and the optical scan. Both have a paper trail inside of them. That system cost $3 million, and was paid with federal grants.