The Missouri Supreme Court recently heard arguments on Missouri’s voter ID law. Last year, a Missouri Circuit Court judge struck down a provision that would require Missourians who lacked a valid photo ID to sign a sworn statement in order to cast a ballot because of its misleading language. To make matters worse, Missouri lacks many mechanisms that make voting more convenient and accessible. As a state, we must do better.
Voting is a fundamental right granted to each citizen in both the United States and Missouri constitutions. In 2018, I volunteered as a registered attorney poll monitor to protect voting rights. In this role, I manned a polling station from open to close, so as to ensure that each person entitled to vote was allowed to cast a ballot. As your state representative, I will continue fighting to protect this fundamental right.
In Jefferson City, I will endeavor to expand access to voting. I will support and sponsor legislation that increases access to voting, such as early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Moreover, I will introduce and support legislation to streamline the registration process. For instance, if we permitted students, upon turning 18, to register to vote in their high schools, we could increase voter registration rates astronomically. Moreover, same-day registration is a must because it simplifies the process and allows more people to exercise their constitutional rights.
We should endeavor to protect every single eligible voter’s right to vote, and encourage each and every eligible voter to exercise that right. I believe we should do this for no other reason than because that is how a democracy is supposed to work. Politicians who would create barriers to voting and then barriers to the barriers do not believe in democracy, they believe in oligarchy with themselves at the top and everyone else underfoot. For the people’s will to be done, the people must have no barrier to having their say in government in the Show-Me State.