Nixon Continues to Criticize Voter ID Law

Aug 31, 2016

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  Governor Jay Nixon continues to criticize legislation that would require Missouri voters to show photo ID’s at the polls. Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed the bill earlier this year, but the Republican-controlled legislature is expected to try an override attempt during veto session two weeks from now. He told reporters yesterday that the state shouldn’t be making it harder for people to vote. 

“Only 25 percent of the people voted in the (August) primary," Nixon says. "The problem with our democracy is not too many people voting; the problem in our democracy is getting people to vote, and anything we do that makes it more difficult for people to vote is just in my opinion heading in the wrong direction.”

Nixon indicated that he has plans to travel around the state to talk about the issue to “local folks.” Supporters say requiring photo identification at the polls will help combat voter fraud.