voter id

Updated at 7:03 a.m. ET Friday:

After an appeals court put Wisconsin's voter ID law back into effect, the Supreme Court voted to put the law on hold while the justices decide whether to take the case.

Marge Pitrof of Milwaukee's WUWM reports:

A federal appeals court in Denver is scheduled to hear arguments Aug. 25 in a dispute over whether Kansas and Arizona can require voters using a federal registration form to show proof of citizenship.

It's the first of several significant cases this fall that could determine who gets to vote, and how, in at least six states. The outcomes could also answer a much broader question: Who gets to decide?

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Republicans in the Missouri Senate succeeded in passing two of their top priorities early Tuesday morning.

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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at polling places.

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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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Missouri House members could consider a proposal that would require voters to show official photo identification at the polls.

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A Missouri House committee has endorsed legislation requiring voters to show official photo identification at polling places.

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Monday on the latest effort by Republicans to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

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The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 effectively ended a policy of requiring certain states and jurisdictions with a history of voting discrimination to obtain federal approval before making changes to its election laws. 

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

Republicans in the Missouri House are making another attempt to pass legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

No one testified in favor of the proposal at a House hearing today -- everyone who testified either opposed requiring photo ID’s for voting or were neutral and speaking for informational purposes only.  In addition to mandating photo identification, House Bill 48 would allow anyone who does not have a photo ID to vote with a provisional ballot, which would not be counted until the voter’s identity is verified.  John Scott with the Secretary of State’s office told the House Committee on Elections that Missouri voters would still be disenfranchised.

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Voter turnout has been heavy in portions of Missouri this morning, according to the Secretary of State’s office. 

Missouri voter photo ID measure kept off ballot

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The Missouri secretary of state says this year's ballot will not include a proposed constitutional amendment clearing the way for a photo identification requirement at the polls.

Missouri House members have rewritten the ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment clearing the way for someday requiring voters to show photo identification.

 A lawsuit seeking to block a proposed constitutional amendment regarding voter identification in Missouri was heard today in Jefferson City.

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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. 

The Thursday vote split exactly along party lines.

Democrats hammered away at Republicans’ arguments that the bill would combat voter fraud, saying there hasn’t been a documented case of voter fraud in decades – and that the bill does nothing to deal with voter registration fraud.  GOP House Member Todd Richardson of Poplar Bluff disagreed.

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.

Newscast for January 25, 2012

Jan 25, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Defeated voter ID bill resurfaces
  • A proposed tax increase on hotel rooms could help finance improvements to the Columbia Regional Airport
  • Missouri casino operators resist tax to fund state-operated veterans' homes
  • MU leaders discuss budget constraints 
  • Threatening stickers planted outside Missouri congressional offices