Missouri House panel endorses photo-ID bill

Thursday, February 13, 2014 | 7:20 a.m. CST; updated 11:07 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 13, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House committee has endorsed legislation requiring voters to show official photo identification at polling places.

The House Elections Committee on Wednesday adopted a bill and a proposed constitutional amendment to implement the change.

Republicans supported the measures and argued they were necessary to prevent election fraud.

The bill would let people obtain one government-issued ID free of charge. It would also allow voters who can't afford an ID or were born before 1941 to cast provisional ballots.

Missouri voters would need to approve the constitutional amendment in November for the legislation to take effect.

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Michael Williams February 13, 2014 | 2:24 p.m.

I'll vote for this.....after I've read the amendment to make sure we've been given all the facts.

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Michael Williams February 13, 2014 | 4:58 p.m.

Interesting: The same topic discussed in the "other" paper dwells on the 24th Amendment to the Constitution, to wit:

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

Those arguing that voter ID is unconstitutional contend that many folks will have to pay money to get an indirect poll tax.

They do have a point.

But, I think IDs given free-of-charge takes care of that argument.

Interestingly, NO ONE in that discussion is talking about the little word "citizens" in the first phrase of the Amendment. The 24th Amendment applies ONLY TO CITIZENS! It's quite clear about this.

Seems to should have to prove you ARE one!!!!

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Michael Williams February 13, 2014 | 5:42 p.m.

I would also point out that the 24th Amendment applies ONLY to the following kinds of elections: "...primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress..."

Says nothing about State, county, or local elections.

So, if you wish the 24th Amendment to apply to you, I think you have to show you are a citizen first. The burden is on you.

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