A southern Missouri lawmaker wants to make it harder for losing candidates to get election recounts.
Currently, candidates for public office in Missouri can request a recount if they lose by less than 1 percent point of the total vote.
Legislation by House Republican Tony Dugger, of Hartville, would lower the threshold to one-half of 1 percent.
Dugger is the chairman of the House Elections Committee and a former county clerk.
Last year, a Democratic state Senate candidate requested a recount after losing a race by less than 0.3 percent. The recount narrowed the margin but confirmed the victory of Republican John Lamping.