The Missouri House of Representatives once again passed legislation regarding voter identification. Over the past several years, the House has attempted to implement new laws to combat voter fraud but have been struck down by the Missouri Senate and the Missouri Supreme court. The Missouri legislature first must amend the constitution to allow for a voter identification law to be passed. House Bill 30 will implement voter identification restrictions. Just last year a similar bill was presented, House Bill 1073, but faced scrutiny from Secretary of State Jason Kander.
In the House Bill 1073 Impact Report from February 2014, Kander explained why he disagreed with the bill. “As the state’s chief elections officer, it is my job to make sure that only eligible voters vote, but also that every eligible voter has the opportunity to vote,” Kander said. “This proposed legislation could keep hundreds of thousands of current Missouri voters from voting, which is not only just wrong but unconstitutional.”
However, this year, the legislation has passed through the House once again and State Representative from District 1, Allen Andrews, a Republican from Grant City, believes the legislation is important for Missouri to pass.