JEFFERSON CITY • One of former Gov. Eric Greitens’ signature achievements during his short, scandal-plagued career was putting his signature on a “right to work” law.
But now that the law is being challenged at the ballot box Tuesday thanks to a successful petition drive by labor unions, Greitens cannot cast a vote to keep the law in place.
According to a review of voting records, Greitens is still registered to vote at the Governor’s Mansion in the capital city. There are no records indicating he has switched his registration to Warren County, where he and his wife, Sheena, own a home in the resort community of Innsbrook.
That means someone like Greitens can’t vote Tuesday, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
“The voter must register in the correct jurisdiction, so they would have needed to register in Warren County. If their registration is still in Cole County, then they did not register in Warren,” said spokeswoman Maura Browning.
Missouri voters who move to another county must re-register to vote. The deadline for that was July 11, according to Ashcroft’s office.
“People moving from one election jurisdiction to another prior to the registration deadline who fail to register to vote by the registration deadline will not be able to vote in that particular election,” the Secretary of State’s website notes.
Greitens left office June 1 under a cloud of scandal, including a now-dismissed felony charge for invasion of privacy against a woman and numerous campaign fundraising irregularities.
Since quitting, it is unclear what the author and motivational speaker has been doing. Attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful.
In addition to signing the right-to-work law, Greitens also pledged to campaign for its passage when it was placed on the ballot. A nonprofit formed to push Greitens’ agenda gave supporters of the law $500,000 to help promote a “yes” vote on the ballot.
The organization, known as A New Missouri, can shield its donors’ identities, so the ultimate source of the money is not known.
Greitens’ successor, Gov. Mike Parson, voted absentee in Polk County, where he is registered, said spokesman Steele Shippy.