Missouri's incompetent voter ID champion
The Kansas City Star
Shane Schoeller is running to be Missouri’s next secretary of state. But being incompetent at recognizing real problems facing that office won’t encourage voters to support Schoeller, who faces Democrat Jason Kander on the Nov. 6 ballot.
As are many Republicans, Schoeller these days is trumpeting his support for strict photo ID laws. That’s fine; he has a right to at least think it should take a photo ID to vote.
This is, after all, the flavor-of-the-year issue for the GOP. Many of its members are pandering all across the nation to those white voters who don’t want too many immigrants and minorities to have a say in who gets elected.
But Schoeller, remember, is running to be the guy in charge of the Missouri office that’s supposed to be encouraging as many people as legally possible to vote.
So as he does that, you would expect that Schoeller at least would not blindly repeat the invalid charge that people are voting illegally in any great numbers in Missouri or in America because of the lack of a photo ID law.
Alas, you would be wrong in that expectation.
In fact - despite all kinds of evidence showing that there have been only the most minuscule of voter fraud cases that could have been prevented by photo ID laws requiring photos - here’s what Schoeller said in The Star Sunday:
The state “absolutely has a problem with voter fraud.”
No, Mr. Schoeller, it doesn’t.
In fact, as The Star quickly noted in its news story, “While he acknowledged there have been no reported cases in Missouri of the type of fraud prevented by photo ID laws, he argued that even the appearance of impropriety is enough to warrant concern.
Once again, there is absolutely no proof that there’s even the appearance of impropriety when it comes to voter fraud in Missouri.
It’s all part of Schoeller’s imagination - part of his attempt to get elected by parroting an unsubstantiated claim that he is making to try to get elected.