A bill that would require Missouri to show a state, federal, or military picture ID when voting moved to the house Friday after passage in the state senate the day before. The bill would amend the state’s constitution to change those requirements. Republican Senator Bill Stouffer of Marshall sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 2.
“Our right to vote is probably one of the most important privileges we have and to ensure the integrity of the voting is extremely important,” Stouffer said. Versions of this bill have come up before, most notably in 2008, but Stouffer said this one lacks the flaws of previous versions.
“In the past, it was being rushed a little bit,” Stouffer said.
But the Missouri AFL-CIO said it doesn’t support this version of the bill. Secretary Treasurer Herb Johnson said the bill would disenfranchise poor urban and rural voters who do not have the money needed to get proper identification.