Missouri House Leaders Pass Bill Requiring Photo ID to Vote
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Missouri House Leaders Pass Bill Requiring Photo ID to Vote

Date: February 25, 2014
By: Arianna Poindexter
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
Missouri residents would be asked to decide on a constitutional amendment to let the legislature require a photo ID to vote.
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Wrap: Rep. Mike Lair, R-Chillicothe, said opponents of the bill believe that voter fraud is not an issue, but he disagrees.

Actuality:  VOTE1.WAV
Run Time:  00:07
Description: "There is a long and dubious history of voter fraud and irregularities throughout our state, especially in St. Louis and Kansas City."

Lair said in an investigation after the November 2000 election, reports show 62 federal felons voted, 68 people voted twice, and 14 people who are dead cast votes.

But Columbia Rep. Chris Kelly believes the bill would prevent black women from voting and asked for specific instances of voter fraud.

Reporting for the State Capitol, I'm Arianna Poindexter.

 

Intro: 
A measure passed in the House requiring voters to provide a photo ID, has openents claiming discrimination.
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Wrap: Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, said he believes the purpose of the bill is not to prevent voter fraud, but to stop older black women from voting.

Kelly asked the bill's supporters to cite instances of voter fraud in Missouri.

Actuality:  VOTE2.WAV
Run Time:  00:10
Description: "I think that the intellectual honesty would require that before you talk about fraud you are able to name a single instance. Name it.

Rep. Mike Lair, R-Chillicothe, did not mention any specific instance of fraud during a Missouri election and said he could not because it was a "secret case."

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Arianna Poindexter.


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