Mo. Lawmakers Mull Photo ID Requirement for Voting

Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:42 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Jan 29, 2013 2:55 PM

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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers are taking another stab at requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

The House Elections Committee heard testimony Tuesday on a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would allow for a photo ID requirement. The panel also considered a separate bill that would enact the mandate.

Proponents argue the law would help prevent election fraud. Opponents argue there are no recent known instances of voter fraud. They say the proposal could make voting harder for many Missourians.

Missouri lawmakers have debated photo ID requirements in recent years. A 2006 state law imposing the requirement was ruled unconstitutional by the Missouri Supreme Court.

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