Missouri House approves voter IDs, early voting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has given initial approval to measures that could lead to a photo ID requirement for voters and the creation of an early voting period.

The House on Wednesday endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment covering both issues that would appear on the November ballot. Also advancing was a separate bill that would implement the photo ID and early voting provisions, if the constitutional amendment passes.

Both measures need another vote to go to the Senate.

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a photo ID requirement in 2006.

Republicans say presenting photo identification prevents voter fraud. Democrats say the requirement would disenfranchise poor, elderly and disabled voters who cannot afford the identification.

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