The chief election official for Camden County has been appointed to a statewide committee looking at voting issues.
Late last week, Secretary of State Jason Kander announced the membership of an early voting commission formed to evaluate the most efficient, fair and secure way to allow eligible Missourians to cast a ballot before Election Day.
Camden County Clerk Rowland Todd has been appointed to the 11-member commission.
The commission will meet throughout February in Jefferson City to discuss the merits of early voting and to give citizens the opportunity to provide input.
Todd said his goal is to develop a plan for the implementation of early voting that will work for all counties in the state, with out adding extra burden of cost to the counties.
“We have to preserve security in our elections while increasing efficient access for eligible voters,” Kander said. “An affordable plan for early voting could help alleviate long lines at the polls on Election Day by adding a much-needed convenience for Missourians across the state.”
The committee members represent all regions of the state and political parties.
Other members include:
Tishaura Jones, current St. Louis treasurer and former state representative
Rich Chrismer, St. Charles elections director
Melodee Colbert Kean, mayor of Joplin, Mo.
John Comerford, attorney in St. Louis, and former chair of the Missouri Veterans Commission
Jack Hembree, retired lieutenant colonel, Springfield, Mo.
Bob Johnson, former state senator and current Lee’s Summit City Council member
Peggy McGaugh, Carroll County clerk
Roosevelt Lyons, Kansas City senior advisor for the office of civic and community engagement
Bree Shaw, Schuyler County clerk
Wes Wagner, Jefferson County clerk