MO ballot deadline Sunday

By The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Sunday is the deadline for people hoping to get questions on Missouri's November ballot to submit petitions to the secretary of state's office.

But one group is already working on putting a ballot measure before Missouri voters in 2012.

Missouri allows proposed laws and constitutional amendments to be placed on statewide ballots through the initiative petition system. Supporters must collect a certain number of signatures on petitions to get a question on the ballot.

On Friday, a group seeking a 2012 vote to overhaul the way ballot measures are handled submitted paperwork seeking permission to start collecting signatures. Ron Calzone says he filed the petition request early to ensure there is enough time to get signatures.

The secretary of state's office says it is researching whether the request can be accepted so early.

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