Critics of the Voter Photo ID law question whether the state can get free identifications into the hands of everyone who wants one by the November election. Though State Revenue Department Director Trish Vincent is optimistc the program to distribute free identification will go well, she acknowledges that only 1,800 have been given out. The Revenue Department estimates as many as 170,000 voting-age Missourians don’t have photo ID’s. The Secretary of State office says it’s closer to 240,000. Lawsuits filed against the Voter Photo ID law criticize the provisions for obtaining a free ID and question whether the state can get free ID’s into the hands of everyone who wants one. Vincent says the Revenue Department has completed 22 visits to retirement facilites and have 80 more are scheduled. Also, free ID’s are offered at the 183 license fee offices across the state. Vincent isn’t convinced that all 170,000 to 240,000 Missourians talked about need or want the free ID’s. Vincent promises the department will do whatever is necessary to get the ID’s into the hands of people who need them.
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