If Missouri voters say “yes” at the polls in 2012, they will have to show a photo ID when they cast ballots in 2014. But they also will have the option to vote during an 11-day period before Election Day.
Lawmakers on Tuesday approved enabling legislation that will put voter-identification requirements and early-voting procedures into effect — if voters approve the proposed constitutional amendment lawmakers passed on Monday.
The proposed amendment gives lawmakers the authority to pass laws requiring voters to show a photo ID and allowing early voting. The measure must be approved by voters before any such laws can go into effect. It will appear on the ballot in 2012.
The bill passed Tuesday actually contains those laws. The Senate approved it on a 25-9 vote, after the House signed off on it last week. If signed by Gov. Jay Nixon it will become law, but would not become effective unless voters approved the accompanying amendment.