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JEFFERSON CITY — Voting rights groups asked the state’s highest court Tuesday to streamline Missouri’s mail-in voting process, arguing that the various steps required to vote by mail during a pandemic are unconstitutional.

They also said the court should allow county clerks to count all mail-in ballots on Election Day no matter if voters followed a requirement that they get the ballot envelope notarized.

“Count all ballots this election regardless of notarization,” said attorney Sophia Lin Lakin.

In arguments before the Supreme Court, the American Civil Liberties Union asked the judges to overturn a Cole County decision dismissing claims that requiring some voters to get mail-in ballots notarized is a cumbersome step that could expose people to the coronavirus.

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