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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) – Missouri election officials are scrambling to reprint ballots and reprogram computers after an appeals court ordered a change to an early-voting proposal that will appear on the November ballot.

County clerks said Wednesday that the change could cost thousands of additional dollars for local election jurisdictions and could delay the availability of absentee ballots.

An appeals court panel ruled earlier this week that the ballot wording approved by lawmakers for the proposed constitutional amendment was misleading, because it failed to note that the six-day early voting period would occur only if the state provides funding. The court ordered that a description of the funding contingency be added to the ballot.

Many counties already had printed their ballots, because military voting starts Friday and traditional absentee voting begins next Tuesday.