Senator Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville) today announced his full support and endorsement for the Veterans Advocacy Plan, an initiative by Republican Candidate for Attorney General Ed Martin. Martin’s plan includes an important component protecting voting rights for active duty soldiers overseas.
“As Secretary of State, I will always stand with veterans and active duty service members on respecting their right to vote,” Sen. Rupp said, “Our freedoms, especially our ability to hold free and fair elections, are provided to us only through the sacrifices of our military.”
Earlier this year during the legislative session, a house bill was filed that included provisions changing the way absentee ballots are submitted. It was widely reported in news outlets throughout Missouri that the move, if enacted, would make it more difficult for members of the military serving overseas to cast a ballot.
“If anything, we should be increasing access to the ballot box for active duty military,” Sen. Rupp said, “As Secretary of State, I will make sure we are protecting our soldiers’ right to vote and ensuring their access to absentee ballots. I am proud to join Ed Martin on this issue.”
Senator Rupp has served in the Missouri Senate since 2006 and is a current Republican candidate for Secretary of State.