Voter ID requirement advancing in Missouri Senate

1 year 11 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, May 03 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 4:24:14 AM CDT May 03, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Republicans' decade long effort to require people to show photo identification when voting has cleared a major hurtle.

Senate Democrats allowed a bill and a constitutional amendment to get initial approval Monday after about a month of stalling. Republicans agreed to allow people without photo ID to cast a ballot if they sign a statement saying they don't have the required identification and can show some other form of ID, such as a paycheck or utility bill.

The measures still need a final vote before going back to the House, where lawmakers passed versions of the legislation earlier this year with enough votes to override a possible veto by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The proposed constitutional amendment would bypass the governor and go on the ballot later this year.

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