St. Louis Blues fans finally have a reason to celebrate. Their team is back the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2004, thanks to a cadre of up-and-coming players including Patrik Berglund, Cam Janssen, and rookie sensation T.J. Oshie. Attendance at the Scottrade Center is on the rise, and people in St. Louis are once again excited about their city’s hockey fortunes.
One fan in particular was so excited about these new-look Blues that he decided to start a blog, VOTE 4 OSHIE, campaigning for T.J. Oshie as a write-in candidate for mayor of St. Louis. The campaign failed, of course, but that didn’t stop one anonymous Blues fan from writing in Oshie for mayor of O’Fallon, Missouri, and sharing a picture of his ballot with the blog. Oops - turns out taking pictures of completed ballots is illegal in Missouri, and now election officials are furious.
According to PUCK DADDY’s Greg Wyshynski, the broken law in question was enacted in 1977 to discourage the buying and selling of votes. No word on how much an Oshie vote goes for in the St. Louis suburbs, but it’s a big enough deal that election officials are attempting to hunt down the wayward voter and throw the book at him.
The punishment is more than just a few minutes in the penalty box: Willfully sharing the contents of a completed ballot is a class-four election offense in Missouri, carrying up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. The St. Charles County Election Authority is taking a hard stance against using the ballot box to display fan loyalty. The Oshie voter “violated the law, and I’m going to prosecute,” county elections director Rich A. Chrismer said. “They may have thought the photo was cute, but it was very serious.”
Missouri must be a wonderful place to live, where crime and corruption has been eliminated to the point that officials can afford to spend their time tracking down anonymous joke ballots…wait, what’s that you say? Meth capital of the United States? Looks like Missouri law-enforcement officials need to learn to prioritize.