Carnahan Wants Special Session to Fund Voter ID Plan

MAY 31, 2006 - Posted at 4:50 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wants Governor Blunt to call a special legislative session to allocate money for implementing a voter identification bill.  Blunt has said he plans to sign the measure, which will require voters to show a Missouri or federal government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot starting in November.

The bill requires the secretary of state's office to publicize the requirement and the Revenue Department to go around to nursing homes and elsewhere to help people lacking a state ID card obtain a free one to vote.

Carnahan, a Democrat, sent a letter to the Republican governor today, asking him to call a special session so lawmakers can set aside funding to meet the bill's requirements.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)