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Akin Changes Voting Registration

June 14, 2011

On May 31, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch review of voting records revealed that Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., voted in the city of Town and Country even as documents showed he lived in the city of Wildwood; prompting criticism from Democrats that he was registered to vote at an incorrect address. Tuesday, the paper reported that Akin changed his voting registration to Wildwood on the same day.

The Senate candidate's office had defended Akin's continued voting in Town and Country, saying that although he lived in Wildwood, he was in the midst of a long transition in moving out of his ancestral home.

But now he may have made another misstep: ThinkProgress posted audio of Akin on St. Louis radio station KMOX comparing his situation to students and to U.S. troops voting in elections at home while stationed overseas and prompting more criticism from Democrats.

"Even students or people that are now serving in the military a lot of times, their home is really back at their home address and not in Fallujah or somewhere else, you know," he said. "I think if you take a look at the law, the law recognizes that."

"Todd Akin should know Wildwood is nothing like a combat zone," said Missouri Democratic Party spokesperson Caitlin Legacki.

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