Resolution to require voter photo ID passed into Senate
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Resolution to require voter photo ID passed into Senate

Date: May 8, 2008
By: Rebecca Layne
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: A joint resolution to require voter photo ID has passed into the Senate, but with only five days left in the legislative session, doubts remain that it will have a chance to pass. Rebecca Layne has more from Jefferson City. RunTime:0:42
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A House joint resolution that would amend the Missouri Constitution to require photo ID for voters was passed in the House amid a rain of boos.

Democratic House Floor Leader Paul LeVota says the majority party is determined to make sure some people in Missouri are unable to vote.

 

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Description: This is simply politically motivated to disenfranchise a group of people who either can't afford an ID or don't want to get an ID, but usually they don't vote for the majority party. And this is a clear attempt to suppress votes.

LeVota cited the example of 10 nuns who were unable to vote in Indiana's Democratic primary because they lacked photo IDs or had outdated passports.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Rebecca Layne.


Intro: Photo ID would be required to vote if a joint resolution that passed from the House makes it through the Senate. Rebecca Layne has more from Jefferson City. RunTime:0:43
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Voters may need a photo ID at the upcoming November election if a House joint resolution that  amends the Missouri Constitution is voted through by the Senate.

Republican representatives supported the resolution, saying that it would stop voter fraud.

Republican Jim Lembke disregards Democratic representatives claims of voter disenfranchisement.

 

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Description: This idea that you are going to disenfranchise somebody by making them prove who they are so that we can guarantee to the people an honest vote is appalling to me.


However, with only five days left in the legislative session, doubts remain that this resolution has a chance to pass.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Rebecca Layne.