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Missouri House passes voter I.D. resolution

By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Less than 24 hours after giving first-round approval, the Missouri House has passed a resolution that would open the way for a new voter I.D. law.

The resolution would place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot that would allow lawmakers to pass another voter I.D. law.

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a similar law in 2006, but interest in bringing it back was revived after the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld a voter I.D. law in Indiana.

State Representative Brian Yates (R, Lee's Summit) suggests that current law makes it's very easy to commit voter fraud in Missouri.

"We have the door open for people to counterfeit, to make up fake documents, to use somebody else's utility bill they found, or a paycheck next door in the trash, and go vote for them," Yates said.

State Representative Leonard Hughes (D, Kansas City) says the proposal would lead to disenfranchisement of voters.

"We need to work on improving quality of life, providing jobs, providing health care, not moving us towards a government police state where you have to require an I.D. for everything...what's next, white traveling suits, so I can get through the radar? What's next, shall I be pulled over because my hair's not blonde? Oh, I'm sorry, that already happens," Hughes said.

The resolution passed 88-69, along a party line vote.

It now goes to the State Senate, though it remains to be seen if that body will take it up during the closing days of the session.

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