Missouri Senate Endorses Photo ID Requirement to Vote

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.

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