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Lawmakers push for voter ID

Date: March 31, 2014
By: Shannon O'Brien
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB1073

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A Senate elections committee was urged to let the legislature require voters to show proof of identification before voting.
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Wrap:In 2006 the state Supreme Court ruled that voter ID legislation was unconstitutional because it violates people's right to vote.

If the bill passes it would be put on a state wide ballot for Missourians to chose if they wish to amend the Missouri Constitution.

John Scott from the Secretary of State's office said he thinks the measure would weaken Missouri's Constitution.

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Description: "Weakening our state's constitution so we can pass potentially the most-no not even potentially-the most far reaching, the most restrictive photo ID legislation in the country."

Representative Stanley Cox said this measure breeds elections with more integrity.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Shannon O'Brien.

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Republicans urged a Senate elections committee to pass a measure that would require voters to show a photo ID to vote.
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Wrap: Missouri's Supreme Court has held the constitution needs to be changed before the legislature can impose laws requiring photo ID to vote. 

But, if the Senate passes this plan Missourians would have the opportunity to vote if they wish to amend Missouri's Constitution and allow stricter voter ID laws.

Adolphus Pruitt from the NAACP's Missouri Branch said he thinks we should not muddle with Missouri's Constitution.

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Description: "At the end of the day whether it's an intention to suppress minority voters and women voters, or whether it's unintentional the consequences are the same."

Senator Will Kraus said he thinks voter ID is the only way to prevent voter fraud.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Shannon O'Brien.


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