ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – New permanent voter identification cards have been sent out to registered voters in the City of St. Louis. The purpose is to make sure names in the data base match the actual voter rolls.
Every two years, election authorities throughout Missouri are required to conduct a voter canvass to make sure the data base actually matches the number of registered voters.
Republican Director of Elections Gary Stoff says that when they conduct a city-wide canvass, they usually receive 25,000 to 30,000 pieces of mail back as being undeliverable. In this instance, it could mean that people have simply moved elsewhere in the city.
He says that they conduct a second mailing that is forwardable to see if they can catch up with them so that they can update their voter registration record.
“If it turns out that mailing also comes back, then we’re not sure the voter lives in the city at all,” Stoff says. “We still can’t take them off the roll for a period of two years and if they show up at the polling place on Election Day, we can help them update their voter registration information.”
Stoff says that a barcode has been added to the permanent voter ID card and St. Louis is now in the process of converting to electronic poll books at polling places.
“When the voter comes in and they show some ID and the poll worker has to sort through and find the name alphabetically,” Stoff says. “With these electronic polls books, they can type in the voters name and it will automatically appear on the screen.”
As of right now in Missouri, residents do not need a picture ID to vote. If you do not have a voter ID card, alternative options include a social security card, drivers license, college IDs and utility bills.
For more information for voting information visit the Missouri Secretary of State’s website.
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