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Controversy Continues Over Voter ID Bill

Allison Blood, KMOX
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ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOX) - The bill requiring a photo ID to vote passed out of the House Elections Committee and should hit the House floor for debate next week. The American Civil Liberties Union claims this bill aims to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.

ACLU Program Director John Chasnoff says this bill makes it difficult for anyone without a valid photo ID to vote. Even though the bill would authorize some reimbursement for the actual ID, it doesn’t provide any money for the documents needed to get an ID, like a birth certificate.  He also says the idea that this will protect against voter fraud is an exaggerated benefit. He says there’s not much evidence of that happening in Missouri.

But Kansas’ Secretary of State Kris Kobach says there is a problem with voter fraud. He pointed to a recent Primary election which was won by just one vote. He says it’s been alleged that at least 50 votes were cast fraudulently.

Bill Sponsor Shane Schoeller says there should be no problem passing this bill through the House and Senate again this year. Last year Governor Nixon vetoed it. A few years ago under Governor Matt Blunt a similar bill was struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court.

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