HB 1036 -- POLITICAL PARTY EMBLEMS ON BALLOTS
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass by consent" by the Committee on
Elections by a vote of 10 to 0.
This bill repeals the provision that requires a political party's
emblem to be printed on an election ballot above the party
FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds in FY 2013, FY 2014, and
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill is a technical change
that will result in less voter error because straight party
voting has been abolished in Missouri but some voters mistakenly
circle the party emblem attempting to cast a straight ticket
vote. Party emblems take up space on ballots and cost additional
money for printing.
Testifying for the bill were Representative Dugger; and Missouri
Association of County Clerks and Election Authorities.
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.