SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri Secretary of State candidate Jason Kander today announced his opposition to legislation that would prohibit all Missourians, including military personnel stationed abroad and across the U.S., from mailing in their absentee ballots. Kander, an army veteran who volunteered for deployment and served in Afghanistan, said the bill would make it nearly impossible for active military personnel to participate in Missouri elections.
Kander called on other Secretary of State candidates to drop their support for this legislation, which disenfranchises the men and women who fight to protect our democracy.
“The men and women of our nation’s military are the guardians of our democracy and they give up so much to serve,” Kander said. “But they should never give up the ability to cast a ballot.”
Jason Kander is a State Representative from Kansas City and previously served in the Army National Guard. As a military intelligence officer in the Army Reserve, Kander volunteered in 2006 for deployment and served in Afghanistan. In 2010, he was one of ten soldiers selected as national finalists for Army Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year. Rep. Kander currently serves on the Missouri Veterans Commission. Kander is a lawyer and lives with his wife Diana in Kansas City.