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Senate debates bill requiring voters to have photo ID

March 9, 2006
By: Hillari Duthoo
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Senate debated Thursday about requiring voters to produce a photo ID when going to the polls.

Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has that story from the state capitol.

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You're used to showing a photo ID when writing a check or renting a video.

But now, republicans in Missouri's Senate have introduced a bill requiring Missouri voters to show a photo ID when going to the polls.

While supporters of the bill claim it will prevent voter fraud, Senate Democrat Maida Coleman of St. Louis says she is opposed to such a move.

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"If a person has been legally voting for many generations and they legally vote by taking that identification card with their signature on it that is issued by their election authority then why should they now have to have photo identification?"

The senate ended its session Thursday without taking a vote.

From Jefferson City, I'm Hillari Duthoo.

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The Missouri Senate discussed Thursday a proposed bill to require voters to have a photo ID to be able to vote.

Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has that story from Jefferson City.

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In an effort to protect the Missouri voting system from fraud, Senate Republicans are backing a bill to require all registered voters to produce a photo ID at the polls.

But Senate Democrat Maida Coleman of St. Louis questions the ability of the state to accomplish the task of getting IDs to those who need them before elections.

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"Do we have time between the end of August - August 28th -- and the November election to make sure that every person that is registered to vote in this state has been tracked down by these voting van cameras and been given a photo ID?"

Coleman says if the legislature can't guarentee that everyone who needs the ID can get one, she says they're not doing the right thing.

From the state capitol, I'm Hillari Duthoo.