Photo ID law draws more opposition at the Capitol

4 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, April 12 2016 Apr 12, 2016 Tuesday, April 12, 2016 2:23:00 PM CDT April 12, 2016 in News
By: Connor Smith, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - The NAACP gathered at the Capitol Tuesday to show its opposition to Missouri's proposed photo ID law. 

The Missouri NAACP President said Tuesday's rally at the Capitol was the largest the organization has hosted in two decades.

The event comes one day after Senate Democrats filibustered the republican proposal.

Secretary of State Jason Kander spoke at the event and said the proposal could deprive some Missourians, mostly minorities and low-income populations, of their right to vote.

"The constitutional amendment and legislation that they're pushing this year could disenfranchise over 200,000 currently eligible Missouri voters," Kander said.

Sen. Will Kraus, R-Jackson County, said republicans are trying to protect the election process. 

"I absolutely 100 percent disagree with Secretary of State Kander," he said. "I think it's disappointing he's using that rhetoric. The fact of the matter is we're trying to protect the election process by simply identifying who comes to the poll and making sure we verify who that person is." 

Rep. Brandon Ellington, D-Kansas City, spoke at the NAACP event. He said the republican proposal would be taking a step back in the civil rights movement.

"I'm angry that we had people die for the right to vote and then we turn around and say the vote is no longer a right, we want to make it a privilege," Ellington said.

Republicans have been attempting to pass voting requirements for more than a decade. The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that requiring a photo ID was unconstitutional. In 2011, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed another photo ID bill.  

Kraus said this year's proposal is about safeguarding the election process. He said a case of voter fraud from 2013 changed the results of an election in Missouri.

"When you look at the facts of people trying to cheat elections it makes sense for us to protect the election process," Kraus said. 

The proposed bill currently sits on the Senate's informal calendar and the majority party can bring it back to the floor at any time. Kraus said the Senate has spent five hours on the bill since it passed through the House of Representatives.

More News

Grid
List
CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A Missouri man suspected in a Tennessee kidnapping was found during a traffic stop in Mississippi.... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 9:01:42 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - It's official —masks will be required in Columbia starting Friday. KOMU spoke to several different Columbia businesses... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 6:42:00 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The CPS Board of Education is holding four virtual meetings on Wednesday to review elementary attendance areas. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 5:23:00 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Monday marked the deadline for parents to fill out a Columbia Public Schools survey asking whether families prefer... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 5:21:00 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in Continuous News
KANSAS CITY —A Jefferson City businessman pleaded guilty to tax evasion in federal court Tuesday. According to a Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 4:28:00 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's National Guard held a free COVID-19 testing event in Cole County on Tuesday. Tuesday was... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 2:44:00 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Missouri — and Boone County — have loosened restrictions on businesses about COVID-19 in recent weeks. But some... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 2:07:00 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - City officials announced Tuesday they will suspend curbside recycling pickup indefinitely, effective July 8. A press release... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 2:04:48 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — After the Columbia City Council voted to approve a mandatory face mask order Monday night, the City of... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 1:49:00 PM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — After COVID-19 caused Rainbow House to cancel its biggest fundraiser of the year, a mid-Missouri couple took it... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 11:31:37 AM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
Editor's note: Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States and is the author of... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 11:23:26 AM CDT July 07, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 11:19:00 AM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA—The topic of police reform dominated the public comment portion of Monday’s Columbia City Council meeting. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 10:00:44 AM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia City Council voted 6-1 in favor of the mandatory mask ordinance Monday night. The order will go... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 Tuesday, July 07, 2020 12:46:00 AM CDT July 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA -The community came together Monday night to remember victims of a double homicide . People came together in... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 10:23:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA -- Monday Governor Mike Parson signed HB 2046. Inside the omnibus bill was coroner training reform Jay Minor's... More >>
2 days ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 7:13:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY —Gov. Mike Parson will sign an omnibus bill that increases prison sentences and eliminates probation for certain violent... More >>
2 days ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 6:14:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police have arrested a 16 year old boy in connection to a shooting that resulted in a... More >>
2 days ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 6:09:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 85°
10pm 82°
11pm 80°
12am 78°
1am 77°