COLUMBIA, Mo. – Following reporting yesterday that Josh Hawley appeared to violate Missouri law by voting in the wrong county, Missouri Scout is calling out Hawley’s “unforced error,” with one Republican deadpanning that it was finally “a documented case of voter fraud.”
“Josh Hawley, Missouri’s top law enforcement officer, is either lying to Missourians about his residency or violating a state law,” said Meira Bernstein, Missouri Democratic Party Communications Director. “Unfortunately, Hawley’s apparent belief that the law doesn’t apply to him is exactly the type of arrogance that Missourians have come to expect from Hawley, a typical politician who promised he wouldn’t climb the political ladder but is already planning to abandon that promise just eight months after being sworn in.”
From Missouri Scout:
Hawley’s Voting Snafu
The Jefferson City News Tribune reported that Attorney General Josh Hawley voted in Boone County’s special election last week. See it here. Good, right? We all love our elected officials participating in democracy.
But there’s a small wrinkle…. From the JCNT article: Hawley’s action appears to violate a state law, which says: “The attorney general shall reside at the seat of government and keep his office in the supreme court building.” The Missouri Constitution defines the seat of government as Jefferson City… He said in February he was renting a two-bedroom apartment in Jefferson City’s limits and planned to use it when he is working late — but noted the quarters are large enough that his wife and two children also can stay there. “I will stay there as needed to make it a true personal residence (for legal purposes),” Hawley said, emphasizing that his primary home will remain in Columbia. Of Missouri’s six statewide elected officeholders, only the attorney general is mandated by law to reside inside Jefferson City’s corporate limits. A state law defining voters notes: “Any person who is qualified to vote shall be entitled to register in the jurisdiction within which he or she resides.”
One Republican dead-pans to me: Thanks to the AG, we now finally have a documented case of voter fraud…
What It Means: It’s an unforced error on Hawley’s part. It serves as a reminder that although he’s talented, has huge money ties, and is an elected statewide office-holder, he’s still new to the game of politics. To beat “vulnerable” McCaskill, he’ll need to bring his A-game.