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State revises estimate of those without photo IDs

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A new touch screen voting machine (KWMU photo)

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Revenue Department changed an estimate Monday regarding the new voter ID law. Voters will be required in November to show an ID before casting ballots.

The department originally said more than 240,000 Missourians could lack an acceptable ID. But Monday, it revised that number down to 138,000.

The department says further checking found people who had died, moved out of state, or changed their names.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, used the new estimate Monday to criticize the Department, calling it "unacceptable" that only about 1% of those people who need an ID have gotten one to use in November. The new voter ID law also requires the state to provide IDs to those who don't have it.

Carnahan said in a statement that her office next week will send a mailer to 200,000 households in the state to further inform them of the new law.

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