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“…And, oh, by the way, if you look at those places where people have to wait in line to vote, if you look at the places where people have to wait in line to vote in America it’s where what are called poor people live and that’s wrong. Okay, that’s just deeply wrong…”

Previously:

David Axelrod – Missouri Boys State – June 14, 2014 (June 15, 2014)

Kansas City Mayor Sly James – Missouri Boys State – June 15, 2014 – on guns (June 16, 2014)

Governor Jay Nixon spoke at Missouri Boys State this evening in Warrensburg on the campus of the University of Central Missouri. His prepared remarks were followed by a freewheeling forty-five minute question and answer session.    

Governor Jay Nixon speaking at Missouri Boys State in Warrensburg on the campus of the University of Central Missouri – June 19, 2014.

The subject of early voting came up:

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Question: ….You mentioned participating for voting. How do you plan on having more people participate in actual voting?

Governor Jay Nixon (D): I don’t plan it. I just tell you to do it. And if you don’t do it then idiots get elected and bad things happen. [applause, cheers]

You know what it is, I mean, sure, I’m for early voting, I’m for absentee voting, I think we ought to have voting on weekends beforehand, I think you ought to be able to show up and vote like two weeks beforehand, that fits your schedule instead of making it hard.

I don’t think there ought to be lines at the polls. I think it’s ridiculous to live in a world in which you can go to McDonald’s and get a cheeseburger in one minute, but if you’re gonna vote you’ve got to stand in line for three hours. [applause, cheers] And we ought to fund it to make sure people can vote [inaudible]. [applause, cheers]  And, oh, by the way, if you look at those places where people have to wait in line to vote, if you look at the places where people have to wait in line to vote in America it’s where what are called poor people live and that’s wrong. Okay, that’s just deeply wrong. You go to the, you know, you go to the really ritzy places where they got plenty of tax dollars and people don’t have to wait at all. By golly, they can order a Perrier and vote at their leisure. [laughter] But, uh, I think we need to make voting much easier for people, both in time and in the way you do it.

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