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Thu October 25, 2012
Voter ID requirements buzz
There has been a lot of talk this year about changing ID requirements for voters. But Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wants residents to know that the law hasn’t changed in Missouri.
Carnahan says voters can bring a driver’s license or other photo ID to the polls if they so choose, but that photo identification is not mandatory:
“The laws in Missouri have not changed. In some states, laws were passed and then the courts threw the laws out, and in other states they have made the changes and they’re intact, so…people listen to the news and they’re not sure what the laws are in Missouri,” says Carnahan
The Missouri General Assembly passed a photo I-D requirement in 2006, but it was later tossed out by the State Supreme Court. Aside from driver’s licenses, voters can use their voter ID card, a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck stub or any government document containing the voter’s name and address.