Although some question whether it's necessary, in-person absentee voting in the Missouri's presidential preference primary has begun.
Election authorities began accepting absentee ballots on Tuesday for Missouri's Feb. 7 primary. Those who vote absentee must have a reason, such as being out of the state on Election Day or a physical disability or illness. Absentee ballots can be cast until Feb. 6.
Missouri's primary won't have any official bearing on the presidential nominee. The party convention delegates will be chosen later in 2012.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/rGbHUK) that Missouri taxpayers will pay between $4 million and $8 million for the non-binding vote.
The primary includes four Democrats, 10 Republicans and one Libertarian candidate.