A new Elections Integrity Task Force convened Tuesday in Jefferson City. Organized by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, the task force aims to bring together local, state and federal law enforcement and election authorities to open new lines of communication and establish best practices for responding to alleged violations in the elections process.

A new Elections Integrity Task Force convened Tuesday in Jefferson City. Organized by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, the task force aims to bring together local, state and federal law enforcement and election authorities to open new lines of communication and establish best practices for responding to alleged violations in the elections process.
"[The] meeting was the first time these agencies met at the same table to coordinate efforts that will protect the integrity of Missouri’s elections," Kander said. "Together we’ve proactively defined clear roles for addressing elections-related issues, which will ensure a rapid and collaborative response to any future alleged violations."
The task force discussed the 2014 primary and general elections, and will meet each election year going forward to ensure Missouri elections remain fair, secure and accessible.
The Lake of the Ozarks area has a representative on this committee - Chief Laura Wright of the Camdenton Police Department.
Other members of the task force include:
• Secretary of State Jason Kander
• Daniel M. Nelson, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri
• John Bodenhausen, Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Missouri
• Special Agent in Charge William Woods, FBI St. Louis Office
• Special Agent in Charge Michael Kaste, FBI Kansas City Office
• Chief Darryl Forté, Kansas City Police Department
• Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd
• Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight
• Carroll County Clerk Peggy McGaugh
• Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers
• Shelby County Clerk Tracy Smith