Secretary of State: 230,000 Missouri voters might lack ID

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 10:28 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 20, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo — Secretary of State Robin Carnahan estimates Missouri has nearly 230,000 registered voters who lack a government-issued photo identification.

Missouri does not currently require a photo ID to vote, though some Republican lawmakers have proposed a constitutional amendment to mandate that.


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Carnahan, a Democrat, opposes a photo ID requirement because she fears it could prevent or discourage some people from voting.

Carnahan came up with her estimate of voters lacking government-issued photo identifications by comparing a database for registered voters with a database of people with Missouri driver's licenses or identification cards. She said there could be an error rate of about 4 percent because of name changes, misspelled names or nicknames used by the different databases.


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Greg Collins April 29, 2009 | 9:11 a.m.

Sorry, not buying it. I would imagine those poor un-ID type "230,000" Missourians have sufficient gubbmit ID to write checks, open bank accounts and purchase restricted items such as cigarettes and liquor.

Carnahan is playing politics to keep the fictional, dead, redundant and fraud voter base alive.

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