COLUMBIA, Mo. — On Friday, it was reported that the Boone County Clerk has opened an investigation into whether Attorney General Josh Hawley voted illegally in the August 8 special election.
“Attorney General Josh Hawley, our state’s top law enforcement official, is either lying to Missourians about where he lives or voting in a county in which he does not legally reside. Either way, it is concerning that Josh Hawley seems to think the law doesn’t apply to him.”
Missouri Democratic Party Communications Director Meira Bernstein
Attorney General Josh Hawley’s voting in the special election on Aug. 8 is being called into question. Boone County Clerk, Taylor Burks, is investigating Hawley after a Boone County resident raised concern.
“We had a Boone County resident bring to my attention public statement’s by the attorney general that brought into question his residency, so we had to open an investigation,” Burks said.
Hawley was previously a resident and registered voter in Boone County, but under state statute the Attorney General is required to live in Jefferson City.
…Under Missouri law, it is illegal to vote in a jurisdiction where you do not live.
…“If he has permanently moved his address elsewhere then we have additional levels of concern and we would talk to county counsel about our next step,” said Burks.
KOMU 8 News reached out to Hawley on Friday, but heard no response.
The Boone County Clerk is investigating a vote cast by the state’s attorney general in August’s special election.
…Burks said his office is investigating whether or not Hawley is legally entitled to vote in Boone County. The investigation would not go into his residency requirements as attorney general.
The clerk’s office requested information from Hawley yesterday via mail, Burks said, and Hawley will have 30 days to respond to their request.
…Burks said that if his office found something illegal in the investigation, it would forward the case to Boone County prosecutors to decide charges.
From The Columbia Missourian:
An investigation into Attorney General Josh Hawley’s residence is underway after a Boone County resident filed a complaint in relation to Hawley’s vote in the Aug. 8 special election.
Hawley owns property in Boone County. However, state statute dictates that the attorney general live in the state capitol, Jefferson City.
…Missouri law prohibits voters from casting a ballot in a jurisdiction that is separate from their residence.
“I’m required to initiate those investigations,” Burks said of the complaint that he received two days ago…