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Missouri Senate passes voter photo ID amendment

Thursday, February 24, 2011 | 5:10 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment allowing voters to be required to show photo identification.

The 26-7 vote on Thursday split along party lines, with all Republicans backing the measure and all Democrats opposing it. The measure now heads to the House, where passage would put it on the 2012 statewide ballot.

This marks Missouri's second attempt at requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote.

The state Supreme Court struck down a 2006 photo ID law as an infringement on the fundamental right to vote guaranteed by the Missouri Constitution.

Republicans say a photo ID would guard against voter fraud. Democrats say it could prevent or discourage some citizens from voting.


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