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Bill requiring voters to show photo ID passes Missouri House

Bill requiring voters to show photo ID passes Missouri House

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A bill that would require voters to provide photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot passed the Missouri House on Wednesday, 99-52.

The bill, which was sponsored by state Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, establishes requirements for voter photo identification and early voting. A different version of the legislation passed the Senate in February. The two chambers will have to reconcile the bills.

The provisions would only go into effect only if a constitutional amendment is approved by state voters. Different versions of that proposed amendment have been passed by both the House and Senate.

"The point of this bill is to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat," Diehl said.

In order to cast a ballot, voters would have to produce a nonexpired Missouri drivers license or another approved form of photo identification. Those who cannot produce a photo ID can cast a provisional ballot that would only count if an election official can verify the identity of the individual by comparing their signature to a signature on file.

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