KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jason Kander today released his campaign’s second ad of the general election titled Serving, which contrasts the views of Jason and his opponent on military voting.
The ad, which can be viewed at www.jasonkander.com/serving, highlights how Kander was able to vote an absentee ballot during the general election in Nov. 2006 despite serving his country in Afghanistan at the time. The ad points out that absentee voting by mail would be prohibited under a bill Shane Schoeller sponsored this past legislative session.
According to the St. Louis Beacon, Schoeller’s bill, HB 2109, would have made Missouri the only state in the country where mailing in an absentee ballot would be prohibited. Kander led the bipartisan opposition that killed the bill during the legislative session because it would have taken away one of the only ways Missouri military members stationed overseas or in other states have to vote.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted that during the 2008 presidential election 270,000 Missourians mailed in an absentee ballot, including 11,000 military voters.
“I spent election day 2006 in Kabul, Afghanistan surrounded by some of this country’s most dedicated men and women,” Kander said. “Like many of my fellow soldiers, I was able to vote by mailing in an absentee ballot. Shane Schoeller wants to take away that right for soldiers serving today. While Shane Schoeller wants to make it next to impossible for soldiers stationed outside Missouri to vote, I’ll work to make it easier for these brave men and women to vote. I believe that our next Secretary of State needs to ensure that those who fight to protect our Democracy can participate in it as well.”
During the legislative session Kander led the bipartisan opposition to Schoeller’s bill. Republican Senators Bill Stouffer (R-Napton) and Scott Rupp (R-St. Charles) announced their opposition to Schoeller’s bill, with Sen. Rupp saying “you saw national veterans’ groups coming out and saying this is bad legislation because its going to keep the military overseas from being able to vote.”