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Missouri Democratic Party Accuses Republicans of Felony Violations

September 16, 2004
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's Democratic Party accused Republicans of felony violations of Missouri election law. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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Campaign committees can legally obtain absentee voter lists.

But, contacting those voters to influence their vote is illegal.

That is what democrats say republicans are doing.

State Republican Spokesman Paul Sloca says Republicans aren't doing anything illegal.

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Contents: "We call and say we know you've filled out an absentee ballot and we encourage you to vote in the November second election."

Robin Carnahan is the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State. She doesn't buy that explanation.

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Contents: "It's election time. I wonder if they're just calling to see what kind of ice cream they like."

Secretary of State Matt Blunt asked for the names of people who requested absentee ballots.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.

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Missouri's Democratic Party accused Republicans of felony violations of Missouri election law. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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Campaign committees can legally obtain absentee voter lists.

But, it is illegal to use the lists to persuade those voters to vote a certain way.

State Democratic Spokesman Steve Glorioso says Republicans tried to do just that.

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Contents: "We believe the Republican party has crossed the line and is violating the protection for absentee voters."

State Republican Spokesman Paul Sloca says his party is only contacting voters to remind them to vote.

Secretary of State Matt Blunt requested the absentee voter lists.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.

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Missouri's Democratic Party accused Republicans of felony violations of Missouri election law. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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Secretary of State Matt Blunt asked for the names of people who requested absentee ballots.

State Democratic Spokesman Steve Glorioso says Republicans acted illegally when they used the list to influence votes.

But, Republican Spokesman Paul Sloca says his party acted legally.

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Contents: "If you read the letter carefully, it says Matt Blunt is allowed under the law to request this information. He is given his proxy to give that information to the Missouri Republican party which is using it for our grass roots efforts, our get out the vote efforts."

Democrats are looking into whether Governor Holden requested a list of absentee voters in 2000.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.