Mo. Senate Passes Voter Photo Identification Bill
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would require voters to show government-issued photo identification before casting ballots. The Senate voted 26-7 for the bill Thursday, with Republicans supporting it and Democrats opposing. The bill now goes to the House, where similar legislation was endorsed this week by a committee.
The Senate measure would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. But the requirement would take effect only if voters in 2012 first approve an amendment to the state constitution authorizing the photo ID requirement. State law currently allows voters to prove their identity with documents that do not have photographs. The state Supreme Court struck down a law requiring photo IDs in 2006 as unconstitutional.
The Senate proposed similar legislation in 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
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