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Photo Identification and Voters

Date: February 8, 2011
By: Emily Kissee
State Capitol Bureau

One opponent to a bill that would require identification for voters said the plan would disadvantage people in some areas.
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Wrap: St. Louis area college students found time ran out on their plans to testify against a bill requiring photo identification to vote.

Denise Lieberman, a Washington University law and political science professor says she did not like the way the hearing went.

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Description: "I think it's a particularly damaging message to send to young people who've come to this state for their education; who've registered to vote here, who are becoming good, active, responsible citizens in this state."

Lieberman says this bill is punishing those already deemed elibible and there are more important pressing matters.

Those who favor this bill say it raises the level of identification needed to protect the voting system against fradulant votes.

From Jefferson City, I'm Emily Kissee.


Missouri's lawmakers are renewing the debate over whether to require voteres to present photo identification to vote.
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Wrap:  In order to change photo identification requirements for voters, it must be authorized in the Missouri constitution.

Sedalia Republican Representative and sponsor of the proposed amendment Stanley Cox says voters can currently show as little identification as a utility bill.

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Description: "We have an expectation that our vote is going to count. One vote for every person who votes and so when people vote who are not eligible it diminishes all of our votes."

Cox says Missourians will favor this.

Opponents on the other side say this amendment addresses nonexistent problems and causes a distinctive harship for some.

From Jefferson City, I'm Emily Kissee.

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