Shane Schoeller, Missouri Legislator, Says Voter ID Bill Wouldn't Disenfranchise Troops
Source: Huddington Post
A Republican lawmaker in Missouri denied that his bill to require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote also contains a provision that would prevent military members stationed outside the state to vote by absentee ballot.
House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller, a Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state, said a St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial, posted on STLToday.com, wrongly summarized portions of the bill, currently pending in the Republican-controlled Missouri House. The bill contains a requirement to show a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship to register to vote and promotes use of photo identification for absentee ballot applications. Schoeller said he is not trying to stop people from voting.
"Clearly the St. Louis Post Dispatch did not read the bill," Schoeller told HuffPost. "There is no intention to deny people the ability to mail in a ballot. They are going to give us time to respond on Tuesday to correct the record."
The editorial has sparked sharp criticism from Democrats and a national veterans political group.