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Republicans may renew voter ID bill

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis – Missouri Senate Republicans might soon renew their push for legislation requiring voters to show photo ID's before they vote in November. But Democrats say they're ready for another fight.

The bill would require Missourians to present government-issued photo identification before voting.

The Republicans lack the two-thirds majority to break a potential filibuster. But that could soon change.

Representative Scott Rupp won an open Senate seat this week. When he takes office, the GOP will have the votes to tip the scales.

But Democrats oppose the measure, fearing the requirement could disenfranchise much of their base and swing more votes to Republicans, namely U.S. Senator Jim Talent.

Senate Minority Leader Maida Coleman of St. Louis says she thinks the bill could come up again late next week.


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