By Tori Kuz and Daniel Perreault, 23News
An amendment on the ballot this Tuesday would change what Missourians have to do to vote.
If passed, Amendment 6 would require voters to present a valid government, military, or Missouri-issued identification at the polls.
Currently, The Secretary of State’s website lists the following as acceptable identification for elections:
- a state- or government-issued photo ID
- a Missouri student ID
- A driver’s license issued by another state
- a document proving residence, such as a utility bill or pay stub.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 34 states have laws that require or request some form of identification at the polls. A majority of the laws are backed by Republicans who claim that voter ID laws are needed to prevent voter fraud.
“This is a solution in search of a problem, and you guys should be very concerned about this,” Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, said at a forum featuring Missouri House of Representatives candidates.
A study by Loyola law professor Justin Levitt found only 31 credible cases of voter fraud out of more than a billion ballots in the United States between 2000 and 2014.
The official ballot states that the amendment itself will not directly save or cost the state any money. However, it does allow for the enactment of a general law that could cost $2.1 million annually.
This is not the first time that Missouri has attempted to pass legislation like this one. After the state’s original voter ID law was passed in 2002, a2006 attempt at making the law stricter was struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court, according to The Kansas City Star.
This time around may be different.