Gov. Nixon Vetoes Photo Voting ID Requirement

5 years 2 weeks 14 hours ago June 17, 2011 Jun 17, 2011 Friday, June 17 2011 Friday, June 17, 2011 11:37:00 AM CDT in News
By: Associated Press and Allie Spillyards

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Friday that would have required voters to show photo identification and created an early-voting period in Missouri.

Nixon said he rejected the bill because the photo ID mandate could have made it harder for the disabled and elderly to vote.

"Governor Nixon is to be commended for protecting Missourians' right to vote by vetoing an unnecessary photo voter identification requirement that would do nothing to prevent fraud but potentially disenfranchise more than 20,000 legally registered voters," said House Minority Leader Rep. Mike Talboy, (D-Kansas City).

A proposed constitutional amendment on photo IDs and early voting still is set to appear on the 2012 ballot. But that measure only authorizes state laws on the two topics -- it does not require them.

Nixon's veto also affects a separate bill that would have implemented the photo ID and early voting provisions.

The Legislature passed a photo ID law in 2006, but the state supreme court struck it down as an infringement on the fundamental right to vote in the Missouri constitution.

"It is time for our election laws to enter the 21st century. My gut tells me he is thinking less secure elections will only benefit him next November," said bill sponsor Sen. Bill Stouffer, (R-Napton). 

The general assembly will get the chance to overturn the legislation in a special veto session in mid-September.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — Just as the Supreme Court struck down the Texas abortion law, the Columbia Planned Parenthood’s abortion license expired.... More >>
17 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:47:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA — Missouri passed a new law requiring all students entering ninth grade in public, charter, and private schools to... More >>
17 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:40:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY — Some Missouri drivers may see red, white and blue in the form of police lights over the... More >>
17 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:55:00 PM CDT in News
PLATTE CITY (AP) — A Missouri man accused of killing four of his relatives has pleaded not guilty to charges... More >>
18 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:24:00 PM CDT in News
OSAGE BEACH — Starting on July 1, the City of Osage Beach 911 Communications Center will be able to receive... More >>
18 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:04:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — According to Columbia Police Department data, Columbia typically sees an increase in burglaries during July. Spokesperson Bryana... More >>
18 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 11:54:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
WARRENSBURG (AP) — The president of the University of Central Missouri has been hospitalized after a bicycle crash in Colorado.... More >>
19 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 11:22:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A company is trying again to build a power line in Missouri for a multistate wind... More >>
19 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 11:11:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
HALLSVILLE — An Endangered Person Advisory has been issued for a Hallsville area woman who was reported missing on Wednesday.... More >>
19 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:57:00 AM CDT in News
MOBERLY — Businesses in Moberly are double-checking money as multiple reporters of counterfeit cash are under investigation by local police.... More >>
21 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:08:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — This summer might be a little bit quieter because this year's cicada season, beginning in July, will have... More >>
22 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:45:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Low enrollment and more dorms open than needed has caused the University of Missouri to add Respect Residence... More >>
22 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:13:00 AM CDT in News
SEDALIA — One person was arrested Thursday in connection with a shooting in Sedalia that left two injured. The... More >>
22 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:08:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Welcome Home Inc. broke ground on mid-Missouri's only emergency homeless shelter for veterans Thursday morning. Located off... More >>
22 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 7:55:00 AM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) — A southwest Missouri youth sports league is working to rebuild after a former leader embezzled tens of... More >>
23 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 7:27:25 AM CDT in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — This Fourth of July will be extra special for Southeast Missouri State University president Carlos Vargas-Aburto... More >>
1 day ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:36:38 AM CDT in News
HALLSVILLE – The Hallsville school board approved an approximate $430,000 in budget cuts Thursday night at the school board meeting.... More >>
1 day ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:26:00 AM CDT in News
MONROE COUNTY - Two men broke into a Monroe County home just south of Madison and tied up the residents... More >>
1 day ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:20:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 64°
7am 65°
8am 69°
9am 71°
10am 73°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
6:30a
Are We There Yet?
7:00a
Intelligence for Your Life
7:30a
Cops Reloaded

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2016 U.S. Summer Olympic Trials
8:00p
2016 U.S. Summer Olympic Trials
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Masters of Illusion
7:30p
Masters of Illusion
8:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld