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The Missouri Legislature has passed a requirement for voters to show photo identification.

Republican lawmakers in Missouri will try again in 2016 to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

Lawmakers pre-filed measures to change the state constitution and state law to require photo ID for voting.

Senate sponsor Will Kraus says photo ID could prevent fraud by individuals impersonating other voters. Kraus is running as a Republican for Missouri secretary of state in 2016.

Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander says he's not aware of a case of voter impersonation in the state.

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Jay Ashcroft, a Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state, is pushing an initiative petition that would allow the Legislature to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

The St. Louis attorney filed a proposed constitutional amendment with the secretary of state's office on Thursday. This amendment would permit voter photo ID requirements.

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The Missouri House again is pushing this year to require photo identification at the polls.

The House gave initial approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment and bill that would require voters show photo ID before casting a ballot.

The Missouri House has passed two pieces of legislation that would usher in photo ID requirements for voters.

First, the House passed HJR 47, a proposed constitutional amendment to allow for photo ID requirements at the polls. This proposed amendment would also need voter approval.

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  Missouri voters would be required to show photo identification before casting ballots under legislation endorsed by the Missouri House today.

The House gave first-round approval to two measures that would enact the requirement. One is a state constitutional amendment that would require a photo ID during elections. The other bill would actually implement this requirement.

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The Missouri House has passed a bill that would require the state to seek a federal waiver to put photo IDs on electronic benefits cards.

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a pair of bills that would institute photo ID requirements for voters.

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The Missouri House is expected to consider a requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls.
State lawmakers have debated the concept previously, but this is the first time Republicans have held a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate. In the past, discussion generally fell along party lines with Republicans favoring the idea and Democrats opposing it.

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Legislation requiring voters to show photo ID at polling places is scheduled for debate in the Missouri House.
House Majority Leader John Diehl said he expects a proposed constitutional amendment mandating photo ID and a bill implementing the rule to be taken up on the House floor this week.

Republicans argue the measure is needed to cut down on voter fraud. Democrats contend the photo ID requirement is aimed at disenfranchising voters.

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A Missouri House committee has adopted a measure requiring voters to show photo identification before casting ballots.

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As of now, Missouri voters will not be voting this November on a measure that would require photo identification at the polls. That’s following a court ruling issued earlier this week.