Missouri’s Secretary of State speaks out against legislation that would require photo identification of voters – and the sponsor of the legislation responds. Legislation in the Senate would require that photo identification – such as a Missouri driver’s license or a U.S. passport – be presented by those registering to vote or showing up on Election Day. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan opposes the measure, saying as many as 200,000 voters would be disenfranchised. She’s particularly concerned with the proposal to have the measure in place by this November. She says that’s too early to make sure that everyone is aware of the requirement. Senator Delbert Scott of Lowry City, the sponsor, says there’s a problem with fraud now, so it makes no sense to put off fixing what is broken. Scott points out his legislation would provide free state ID to anyone without a driver’s license who could not afford photo identification.
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