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House approves photo identification measure

Date: February 13, 2013
By: Nick Thompson
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HJR 5, HJR 12

Intro: 
The Missouri House once again trying to require voters to present photo ID at the polls.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The Missouri House gave first round approval to a proposal that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

The proposal asks voters to amend the state constitution, after the legislature passed a 2006 Photo ID bill that was struck down by the state's Supreme Court.

Democrats like St. Louis County Representative Jill Schuup voiced concern it would disenfranchise voters.

Actuality:  SCHUUP.WAV
Run Time:  00:10
Description: "How dare us make people jump through hoops and additional hurdles in order to cast their fundamental right to vote."

However, the Republican controlled chamber supported the measure overwhelmingly and some GOP lawmakers say it protects the integrity of the vote.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Nick Thompson.

Intro: 
The Missouri House debated....again whether or not a Photo Id should be required to exercise the right to vote.
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Wrap: The Missouri House came back after dinner to give first round approval to a proposal to require voters to show photo ID at the polls.

The measure received opposition from some Democrats who say the measure may make election day more difficult for some elderly, poor and minority voters.

But Republican representative Stanley Cox sponsored the measure and says it's necessary to keep the integrity of the vote.

Actuality:  COXVOT.WAV
Run Time:  00:08
Description: "when you come to the fundamental right to cast a vote, and to be protected against fraud, we should expect nothing less."

The measure faces another vote in the House before it can head to the Senate.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Nick Thompson.

Intro: 
The Missouri House has attempted once again to require voters to show a photo ID at the polls.
RunTime:  0:45
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The Missouri House gave preliminary approval to a proposal that would require voters to show a Photo ID at the polls.

Some Democrats say there are not enough cases of fraud to justify the measure.

But the proposal passed on the backs of the chambers' large majority of Republicans.

Republicans like Stanley Cox, who sponsored the measure and says fraud occurs early and photo ID requirements stop it before its too late.

Actuality:  COXVOT2.WAV
Run Time:  00:11
Description: "It cleans up the earlier problems of false registration, phony absentee voting that goes on in this state and every other state, and it puts a firewall up and it stops it."

The proposal would ask Missouri voters to approve a constitutiuonal amendment to require Photo ID at the polls.  

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Nick Thompson.


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