Voter photo ID legislation filed in the Missouri House would put an “unjust burden” on voters, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Jason Kander told The Missourian Monday. Under the legislation, which would be subject to voter approval, citizens could be required to present a photo ID at the polls in order to vote. Currently, voters can present an ID without a picture to vote but also have the option of presenting a photo ID. Proponents of photo ID at the polls say it can reduce the risk of voter fraud. Opponents say requiring photo ID can put up barriers for voters.
“I would just reiterate that Secretary Kander is committed to ensuring the integrity of elections, but he’s also committed to making sure that every eligible Missouri voter is able to cast a vote, and his position has been that this puts an unjust burden on voters who are eligible and are voting under current voter ID laws,” said spokeswoman Stephanie Fleming.
House Bill 30 and House Joint Resolution 1, which both deal with voter photo ID at the polls, are restrictive to voters, said Fleming.
“They’re so restrictive that voters who are currently eligible and are registered would potentially be disenfranchised by this legislation,” she said.