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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Republican-controlled Missouri House members have approved a proposal that would require voters to show photo identification at polling places.

Proponents say requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID before casting ballots would help prevent election fraud. Critics argue Missouri has had no known recent instances of voter impersonation. They also say the rule could make it harder for some people to vote.

Lawmakers have discussed the proposal several times in recent years, with the debate generally falling along party lines.

On Wednesday, House members approved a constitutional amendment allowing for a photo ID requirement. Lawmakers then endorsed separate legislation that would implement it. Both measures require another vote before they move to the state Senate.
Published in Local News
Monday, 11 February 2013 02:16

IL Gov. pushes for online voter registration

Governor Pat Quinn wants Illinois residents to be able to register to vote online. The Chicago Democrat says the state's election process must move into the 21st century.

Supporters of the plan say online registration would make the process simpler and attract younger voters.

Republicans say they don't oppose the idea, but think the state should first focus on fixing its worst-in-the-nation pension crisis.

More than a dozen states, including Colorado, Nevada and Indiana, already offer online voter registration.
Published in Local News
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 03:34

MO House panel adopts voter photo ID requirement

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee has adopted a measure requiring voters to show photo identification before casting ballots.

The House Elections Committee approved a state constitutional amendment that would ask voters whether to allow the photo ID requirement. The committee also approved a separate bill that would implement the photo identification requirement.

The vote was along party lines, with Republicans saying the photo ID requirement would increases transparency and reduce voter fraud. Democrats said there are no reports of voter impersonation and that the plan could disenfranchise voters.

Currently when Missourians vote, they can show a photo ID or other means of identification such as utility bills or bank statements.

Both measures head to the House Rules Committee for further consideration.
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