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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) – Missouri voters have rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed six days of early voting for general elections.

Constitutional Amendment 6 had been referred to Tuesday’s ballot by the Republican-led Legislature but had been criticized by some Democrats as too restrictive to be called true early voting.

It would have created an early voting period contingent upon funding by the Legislature and governor. The period would not have included weekends and would have ended the Wednesday before an election.

Unlike absentee voting in Missouri, voters would not have needed an excuse to vote early under the amendment.

A separate citizen initiative to create a six-week early voting period failed to get enough signatures to qualify for Tuesday’s ballot.