In Illinois anyone wanting to pass out election materials or promote a candidate outside polling places on election day must stay 100 feet back from the door to the voting area. In Missouri they only have to stay 25 feet back. I must say I prefer the Illinois version. Voters must run a gauntlet of candidates and their supporters in Missouri all trying to hand you materials as you head into the door.
Time to get serious and put each other on a yearly schedule for men's basketball. I'd suggest alternating years, home and home. Kentucky and Louisville finally saw the positives in playing each other after decades of ignoring their closest in state rival. Now it's time for Mizzou and SLU to do the same.
Missouri state senator, John Lamping wants to change the date of the state's primary to give candidates a better time frame in which to campaign and get their ideas into the hands of voters. At the moment, primaries are in August, Lamping would like to see them in June.
I'm all for that, I mean, seriously? August is much too late. Even June is pretty late. But what makes Missouri's election system awkward is the month they have the presidential primary. It's not at the same time as all the other offices' primary. In 2012 Missouri's legislature voted to move up the presidential primary to February in order to be viable or relevent. Then in August 7, almost 6 months later, the other people had their primary.
But there was also an election on April 3 which had local ballet measures. Another election on June 5 with a couple more ballot measures.
Too many elections in one year. By doing what other states do and combining all national offices into one primary would be much more efficient and timely. Frankly it makes no sense to have one in February and another in August or even June. Put them all together on the same date, the voters and candidates would be better off and imagine the money that would be saved eliminating one election day.
Students from Illinois make up 21 percent of the freshman class at the University of Missouri! Part of this is due to strong recruiting by Mizzou, but that can't be the only reason since one fourth of Illinois college students have left the state. That one fourth is 30,000 students who went out of state.
I can just imagine what the Braggin' Rights game must be like these days for all those Illinois students.
What always makes me laugh (ironically and to myself) is since we now vote in Missouri we're always asked for our ID. Always. I hand over my drivers license and I'm good to go. Newspapers and editorialists always get so outraged at the thought of voter ID but we're always asked for it and no one, no one, minds.