A new seven-page report issued by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander labels two voter ID bills as some of the strictest in the nation if they pass. Only Indiana would compare to Missouri’s voter IDlaw if the GOP-led General Assembly passes and approves the bill. The Huffington Post interviewed Kander Friday. The Democrat said even though he objects to law, he would follow its guidelines. House Bills 48 and 216 would limit the types of identification shown at polling places to just five types, all of which require a photograph to identify the person. A non-expired Missouri driver’s license, non-driver’s identification, U.S. passport, military ID or an official ID from Missouri or the federal government with a name, photo and expiration date would be allowed. The bills eschew all forms of non-photo ID currently allowed in Missouri. There are a dozen forms of identification allowed to be brought to the polls now, including a student ID, voter ID card and utility bills.
Kander’s report outlines four categories of states for voter ID requirements. His source includes theNational Conference of State Legislatures. There are 20 states that have a voter ID necessary only in “limited situations.” Nineteen states, including Missouri as it stands right now, have non-photo ID requirements for polling places. Seven states require photo IDs.
Four states are labeled “strict” photo ID: Georgia, Indiana, Kansas and Tennessee. Two of those states border Missouri. Georgia allows an expired driver’s license to vote. Tennessee lets its voters bring photo IDs from other states to the polls. Kansas allows student identification cards on Election Day. If Missouri’s legislation passes, the state becomes one of the “strict” photo ID areas.