Wednesday, March 6, 2013

MO - House panel mulls voting for sex offenders (Misleading title as usual)

Original Article



JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Registered sex offenders would be required to vote at their local county clerk's office under a bill heard Tuesday that's intended to keep them away from public polling booths at schools and other places where children might be present.

Sponsoring Rep. Tim Remole, R-Excello, told the House Elections Committee that the measure would protect children in schools, child care centers or churches from potentially being assaulted. The committee did not vote on the bill Tuesday.
- Come on, more fear mongering as usual!  How many children are in schools during voting?  And usually voting is done in the gym, etc, where many adults are present.  This is pure nonsense!

Missouri has more than 16,000 registered sex offenders. They can vote after being paroled and completing the terms of their probation.

Current law prevents a registered sex offender from residing within 1,000 feet of a school or loitering within 500 feet of a school building. A spokeswoman for the Missouri Secretary of State's office said registered offenders are not allowed to violate the state's sex offender laws in order to vote.
- So going to vote is not exactly loitering now is it?

But Randolph County Clerk Will Ellis told the House committee that a registered sex offender voted at a school in his county last November. He said the legislation would remove a potential danger for children.

No one testified in opposition to the legislation. But the Missouri Association of County Clerks and Election Officials said the bill had some logistical issues. Association President Darryl Kempf said he would be required to spend money to turn his office into a polling place on Election Day.

Some House Elections Committee members said Missouri would also have to update its absentee voting laws to adopt Remole's plan. The measure would allow registered offenders to vote via absentee ballot if they are unable to cast their ballot at their county clerk's office. But Missouri currently only allows absentee ballots to be cast if people are not present in their home county or have a disability or religious objection that would prevent them from going to their polling place.


Chuck N said...

One third of all sex offenders are juveniles and are yet to have children of their own. How are these registrants supposed to register their children for school and carry out their parental duties to their children. This appears likely to do more harm than good. I would love to see the instance anyone can point to where a stranger entered a school to physically attack a student. I'm sure a story like that would be all over the news if it had happened.

A. Mendment said...

California State Law prohibits registrants to enter school property without written permission from an authorized school administrator. Many voting locations are in schools. Anyone not on active parole has the RIGHT to vote.

Having to procure such written permission in advance is a complete infringement on the RIGHT to vote. I should be able to run down to the voting booth 10 minutes before it closes if I so choose.

A RIGHT is not something you have to get permission for!!!

If I am understanding this Missouri proposal correctly, it means the difference between walking down to my local location (a school perhaps) or making a (lengthy?) trip to the County Government location (business hours vs. voting hours?). Or the difference between walking down to the polls at any time the polls are open or the need to plan ahead for an absentee ballot.

Both of those restrictions are a fundamental violation of the Basic Right to vote.

But just as well... at this point - the more the merrier? This cannot go on forever. What has happened to this country???