Nixon Opposes Photo Identifiction Voting Requirement
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - As a candidate, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon denounced a proposed photo identification requirement for voters as an "onerous requirement."
Now that he is governor, Nixon will have to decide whether to follow through with his earlier convictions and veto legislation that would implement a photo identification requirement. The catch is that the measure is paired with a provision allowing an early voting period before elections -- a proposal that Nixon supports.
The politically sticky situation for Nixon is the result of some maneuvering by Republican legislative leaders who combined both topics into a single package.
Nixon has not said what he will do. But he must either accept or reject the entire legislation; he cannot veto just part of it.