MO House endorses voter photo ID requirement

Feb 7, 2012

Missouri lawmakers are trying again to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

House members Tuesday gave first-round approval to the photo-ID requirement by a 104-54 vote. The measure needs another vote before moving to the Senate.

Supporters contend a requirement to show a photo ID before voting would help prevent election fraud. Opponents argue there are no recent known instances of voter fraud. They say the legislation could make voting harder for many, including seniors and the disabled.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that a 2006 photo ID law was unconstitutional.

Legislators last year approved a constitutional amendment designed to require a photo ID and then passed separate legislation to implement the requirement. That legislation was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.