Tue March 5, 2013
Registered Sex Offenders Voting At Schools? Not Under New Mo. House Bill
The Missouri House of Representatives is considering a bill which would mandate registered sex offenders to vote at their local country clerk’s office, instead of at schools.
The House Elections Committee held a hearing on the proposed legislation today. Rep. Tim Remole (R), is sponsoring the legislation and says that it will protect the voting rights of registered offenders, while also protecting children in schools that are designated as polling places.
No one testified in opposition to the proposal, but the Missouri Association of County Clerks says it would cost money to turn local election offices into polling places on election days.
The bill also states that if offenders can't make it to the clerk's office on election day, they would be required to cast an absentee ballot.