Missouri Republican representatives and senators have only one major hurdle remaining to implement mandatory voter identification statewide. That hurdle is the very voters they’re looking to legislate.
Amendment Six will appear as a ballot measure this November. The amendment will enshrine in the Missouri constitution a requirement that all voters present valid photo identification. It will be the final step in mandatory voter identification legislation that successfully overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto on September 14.
The Missouri Right to Vote Campaign has organized with the goal of encouraging voters to fail the amendment on the November ballot.
Laura Swinford, executive director for Progress Missouri, is involved with the coalition. She said that previous voter identification legislation has been struck down as unconstitutional due to Missouri’s constitutionally high bar for voter rights.
“So what proponents have figured out to do this year is to put an amendment on the ballot that would strip that protection out of our state constitution,” Swinford said.