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.
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.