State Senator and Candidate for Secretary of State, Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville) issued the following statement today on Secretary Carnahan’s ballot language for the state healthcare exchanges:
“As a candidate for Secretary of State, I strongly believe the Secretary of State has the obligation of writing ballot summaries that are fair in describing issues for voters to review in the voting booth prior to voting. In fact, state law requires that the secretary of state produce "fair ballot language statements that fairly and accurately explain what a vote for and what a vote against the measure represent."
Today instead of upholding the law, Robin Carnahan manipulated the law in an attempt to get the outcome she favors. As a result, I plan to file a lawsuit and challenge Carnahan’s language to protect Missouri voter’s rights.
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s submission of extremely biased ballot language is an embarrassment to that office. Carnahan’s language “Missouri law will be amended to deny individuals, families, and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care plans,” in no way accurately describe what the measure does.
The legislature was very clear on the intent of this measure, to prohibit unelected bureaucrats from implementing certain Obama Care provisions unless specifically authorized by the legislature or a vote of the people. I know I Co-sponsored the legislation in the Missouri Senate.
Her releasing this language on the eve of the 4th of July holiday to hide to the public her actions is an indictment of her intent to deceive voters. This is not the first time Carnahan has been criticized and sued for her conduct. In 2010, Carnahan was sued for writing ballot language deemed to be “insufficient, unfair and likely to mislead voters”.
I see no other recourse other than filing suit and seek to give voters fair and unbiased language on an issue important to every Missouri individual, family and small business.”