The Missouri Senate OK photo ID requirement to vote

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The Republican-led Missouri State Senate voted 23 to 11 on Monday to pass a bill that would require voters to show photo ID at the polls.

The measure now returns to the GOP-led House to consider Senate amendments. The deadline to pass the legislation is Friday.

The bill would allow voters without valid ID to cast provisional ballots, which would not be counted unless those voters return the same day with proper ID or election officials verify their signatures.

Valid IDs under the bill include unexpired driver’s licenses, non-driver’s licenses and other government-issued photo IDs.

In 2020, the Missouri Supreme Court permanently blocked a central provision of a 2016 law that required voters who lacked photo ID to swear an affidavit in order to vote regularly, not provisionally.

In response, Republicans tried to pass a new voter ID bill similar to the 2016 law but not including the affidavit provision.

The legislation would also prohibit private donations to fund elections, with the exception of certain in-kind donations such as water or face masks for election workers.

The bill also includes a Democratic-sponsored amendment to allow mail-in voting without an excuse up to two weeks before an election date.

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