Seniors May Be Without License to Vote

1 decade 7 months 1 week ago February 17, 2006 Feb 17, 2006 Friday, February 17 2006 Friday, February 17, 2006 9:53:59 PM CST in News

A lot of people have given up their driver's license," said Fern Ray, vice president of Columbia's Senior Center. "That's one source of your picture. And they have a sheet of the people who are eligible to vote, why would you need anything else?"

Rev. James Baylark of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference spoke Friday at Lincoln University about the bigger picture in the proposed law.

"I believe it will have an impact on our elderly, as well as the poor," Baylark said. "We have a lot of people who do not have drivers' licenses, do not have photo IDs for various reasons. But again, I think this is something that Senator Scott has formulated that is very deceptive."

Republican Sen. Delbert Scott's proposal would provide voters who don't have drivers' licenses with a free, state-issued form of identification, as well as a mobile processing system for nursing home residents. In addition to drivers licenses, voters can also use other IDs such as utility bills and bank statements.

Democratic Sen. Yvonne Wilson voted against Scott's plan in committee.

"I think it will disenfranchise my constituents, and not only my constituents, but also the elderly and disabled across the state," she complained. "I know that there are many Missourians who don't have photo IDs and I don't know how many would want to participate."

Sen. Scott said his proposal is designed to restore integrity and confidence in the voting process.

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