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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

State Rep. Candidate Natalie Vowell Kisses Ladies, Not Babies, On Campaign Trail

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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Vowell almost didn't make it to the ballot in the race for Representative of the 78th district, which includes the eastern sliver of downtown as well as Soulard, Benton Park, Gravois Park, Marine Villa, Dutchtown, Carr Square and Old North neighborhoods.

Vowell technically doesn't meet one of the requirements to run for office in Missouri: She didn't register to vote until July 2013. Why didn't she register back in 2010 when she moved to Missouri? Here's her official answer:

Despite her interest in politics and her involvement in policy discussions, Vowell had long been frustrated with a political system dominated by entrenched interests and stacked against ordinary citizens. As way of protesting that broken system, she chose not to register to vote.

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Vowell, Freedom Center of Missouri and the ACLU fought Kander's decision in court and won earlier this month. A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Kander does not have the legal standing to determine whether a candidate is qualified to run for office.

"This case ended up being about more than just my candidacy," Vowell says. "It is a perfect example of the electoral system that disenchanted me with the democratic process in the first place, and I hope this ruling gives more people the confidence to stand up to political injustice."

Correction: This article previously misstated when Vowell filed for candidacy. She filed in March 2014.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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