APRIL 21, 2006 - Posted at 8:19 a.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate advances a bill
requiring voters to show government-issued photo I-D at polling
places -- beginning this November.
The measure won first-round approval on a vote of 23-to-ten
yesterday, with just one Democrat joining Republicans in favor. The
bill needs another Senate vote to move to the House.
Democrats objected to putting the photo identification rule into
effect this fall. They argued it will keep some voters away from
the polls, mainly the elderly, poor and disabled who are less
likely to have drivers' licenses.
Other forms of government-issued photo I-D may also be used.
For November's elections, the bill would let people who lack the
required I-D cast provisional ballots by showing some other form of
identification, such as a utility bill or college I-D.