Missouri secretary of state candidate files voter ID measure

4 years 8 months 6 days ago Thursday, May 21 2015 May 21, 2015 Thursday, May 21, 2015 1:51:21 PM CDT May 21, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state is pushing an initiative petition that would allow the Legislature to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

St. Louis attorney Jay Ashcroft filed a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday with the secretary of state's office to permit voter photo ID requirements.

Aschroft entered the race after current Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat, announced a bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Roy Blunt.

Republican Sen. Will Kraus, of Lee's Summit, also is seeking the GOP nomination for the 2016 secretary of state race and has introduced measures to place voter ID on the ballot.

Republican proponents have pushed for photo ID requirements since the state's Supreme Court struck them down as unconstitutional in 2006.

 

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