In the Missouri House yesterday, the House approved language sponsored by Republican Secretary of State candidate Shane Schoeller (R-Willard) for a constitutional amendment weaking our voting rights and making it increasingly difficult, if not impossible certain individuals, to vote.
Of course, Schoeller couldn't disguise his excitement at the thought of disenfranchising hundreds of thousands, of his fellow citizens, 11,000 of whom are active military voters:
A common sense proposal? Is that what he calls targeting voters who happen to be serving their country in the military?
Check this out from the Post-Dispatch:
No one in the Legislature is more committed to trampling on [the right to vote] than Rep. Shane Schoeller, the third-term Republican from Willard who is running for secretary of state.
Mr. Schoeller not only wants to ask voters to weaken the state constitution and then disenfranchise any state voters who lack a specific form of government-issued photo identification, now he also wants to take away the right of absentee voters — including members of the armed services — to mail in their ballots.[...]
The worst provision in Mr. Schoeller's bill would take away the long-held right of Missourians who request absentee ballots to vote by mail. These folks already are registered to vote. Some of them are disabled and can't get to the polls. Others are members of the military, stationed far from home, perhaps even overseas protecting the very right to vote that Mr. Schoeller seeks to diminish.
Why in the name of stubborn facts would Mr. Schoeller offer such a proposal? He told us that some of his constituents are concerned about potential voter fraud.
"I don't have an example of this actually happening," he told us.