Missouri Senate Democrats launched another talk-a-thon Wednesday night in the Missouri Senate in a bid to stop a proposal that would require voters to show photo ID at the polls. The measure advanced in the House early in the legislative session but has been stalled in the Senate. The Republican majority has brought the bill up on the floor in recent weeks, but it paused debate each time as it became clear the two sides wouldn’t reach an agreement. On Wednesday, about 7 p.m., state Sen. Joe Keaveny of St. Louis, the minority floor leader, said Democrats and Republicans were feeling each other out.
“Right now, we’ll just wait,” he said. “I can’t say we’re in active negotiations at this minute. We’ll talk about this for a while, get everything aired out — feel each other out and see how bad they want to pass it, how bad we want to stop it.”
Meanwhile, state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, held the floor until about 8:30 p.m.
“This bill is only about one thing and that’s one thing only,” she said, “and I can say it time, and time, and time, and time, and time again: suppressing the votes, disenfranchising groups of individuals that tends to vote for Democrats.”