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Voter ID Law Could Become Stricter


A new proposal would make Missouri's voter ID law among the nation's strictest. Mike Smith reports:

From the Associated Press and KSMU News:

Missouri would have one of the nation's toughest voter identification laws under a proposal from a Republican lawmaker.

The bill by Senator Delbert Scott of Lowry City would require voters to show either a drivers license or a state-issued I-D card with a photo before casting their ballots.

Greene County Clerk Richard Struckoff says County Clerks across Missouri are looking at this and other proposals very closely. He says a similar proposal in Georgia was struck down by a Federal Court because it required voters to pay for the new I-D card.

Here in Missouri an earlier proposal would have required County Clerks to take the photos and create the I-D cards, but Richard Struckoff says the new proposal supports the assertion that it would be too costly and time consuming for County Clerks to be responsible for that. He says as he understands the new proposal "The state would pick up the tab for a photo

I-D if the voter doesn't already have one."

Struckoff says forms of I-D used in the past have "raised some eye-brows", including letting voters use utility bills, bank statements, and paychecks to indicate their addresses.

State Senator Delbert Scott says his bill--which if passed would take efect immediately--is crucial to thwrating fraud and restoring confidence in the outcome of Missouri elections.

For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.