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Missouri House passes measures to require photo ID for voters

Date: February 14, 2013
By: Ellie Coatar
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HJR5 HB48

Intro: 
Heated debate and accusations of racism swept through the Missouri House during voter ID debate.
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Wrap:

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Description: "It's wrong." "One of the." "Because what your answer was has nothing do with Jim Crow." "My answer is, I'm not there yet." "Jim Crow has everything to do with racism." "Are you going to let me finish my answer?" "Would you agree to that?"

That was the heated exchange between Kansas City-area Republican Representative Jack Marshall and Columbia Democratic Representative Chris Kelly.

Marshall called Kelly out for comparing a plan to require Missourians to need photo ID to vote to Jim Crow laws.

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Description: "I can't look into anyone's soul and determine their motive. But I can measure the effect, the effect is by any measure racial. And that's why I went there."

After the debate, the House voted to send the measure to the Senate.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.

Intro: 
Just 24 hours after approving two measures that would require Missouri voters to show a photo ID to cast a ballot, the House sends the legislation to the Senate.
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Wrap: The House has passed two measures that would require Missouri voters to present a photo ID at the polls.

Columbia Democrat Chris Kelly says the proposals would cause more seniors and minorities to cast provisional votes that may go uncounted and asked Republicans to show him cases of actual fraud.

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Description: "The proponents are yet to articulate the first concrete example of voter identification fraud in the state of Missouri."

 

Supporters of the measures say they're confident Missouri's voters will pass the legislation if it makes the ballot in 2014.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.

 
Intro: 
The Missouri House sends proposals that would require voters to present a photo id at the polls to the Senate.
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Wrap: After another heated partisan debate, the House voted in favor of two proposals that would make Missourians show a photo ID to cast a ballot.

Opponents of the measures say minorities are being targeted and provisional ballots often go uncounted.

House Speaker Tim Jones says the proposals will address the real problem of voter fraud.

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Description: "This has nothing to do with racism. It has everything to do with protecting the integrity of our electoral system."

Jones says he thinks think Missouri voters will pass the plan if it makes the ballot in 2014.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.

Intro: 
The Missouri House passed two proposals to the Senate that would require Missouri voters to show photo identification at the polls.
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Wrap: The House voted in favor of measures that would cause voters without a photo ID cast a provisional ballot. Democrats say these often go uncounted.

Rep. Steve Webb from Florrissant opposes the measures and he says Republicans want to pass them to deter minorities from voting.

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Description: "I would suggest that voter ID is not the problem. I would suggest the real problem is those core areas vote heavily Democratic."

After the vote, the Black Cacus released a statement saying it was denied an ample opportunity to speak at the debate

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.


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