Voters will decide the fate of a constitutional amendment requiring Missouri residents to show photo identification at the polls in the November election. In action Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon set the Nov. 8 general election as the date for the ballot measure that was approved by lawmakers during the recently completed legislative session. The move was expected after the Democratic chief executive told reporters on May 13 that he disagreed with the concept of placing additional requirements on Missourians to vote. But, he said, putting it on the general election ballot, rather than the August primary ballot, would give more voters a chance to weigh in.
“If we’re going to talk about changing in the Constitution about how people can vote then my initial reaction – I’ve not made a decision – but my initial deferral position is, how can we do this in a way to give the most people the chance for their voices to be heard,” Nixon said at the time.
The proposed constitutional amendment would set up a system for requiring voters to show a photo ID when they go to the polls to cast their votes. Republicans say the plan would target voter fraud.