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Early voting: Political experts don't expect it to happen anytime soon in Missouri

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Early voting in Kansas is raking in record numbers this year, and some wonder if Missouri will make a push toward doing the same in future elections. (AP) Early voting in Kansas is raking in record numbers this year, and some wonder if Missouri will make a push toward doing the same in future elections. (AP)
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Early voting in Kansas is raking in record numbers this year, and some wonder if Missouri will make a push toward doing the same in future elections.

However, political experts don't expect it to happen anytime soon.

University of Missouri-Kansas City political science professor and author Max Skidmore says there's often political theory behind early voting. Studies indicate mail-in ballot numbers can lean slightly Republican, and advanced voting numbers slightly favor Democrats.

Of course, Kansas is a Republican state that has early voting. There's no hard proof advanced voting would mean a higher Democrat turnout in Missouri. But Skidmore says that's still a drawback for the Republican-dominated legislature.

"The assumption is a large turnout favors Democrats and a lesser turnout favors Republicans, and whether or not that's true it does lead Republicans to not be very enthusiastic about early voting," Skidmore said.

Missouri does have absentee ballots. Election Day is now a little more than a week away.

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