Days after MO Supreme Court shoots down voter ID law, new one debated

Missouri lawmakers hold a public hearing yesterday to discuss tougher voter identification requirements, just days after the Missouri Supreme Court strikes down portions of another voter ID as unconstitutional.

Under House Bill 1600, proposed by Republican Representative Johns Simmons of Washington, voters would be given two options; either show a photo ID to cast a ballot or cast a provisional ballot.  To do the latter, that vote would only be counted if the voter returned to their polling place on the same day with a valid photo ID, or if their signature matches the ones on file with election officials.

It was just last week when the state’s highest court permanently blocked a provision of a 2016 voter law that required a sworn statement from people lacking a photo ID.

Those opposed to the bill have already vowed Simmons’ bill will also face a court challenge if it becomes law.